New Dehli, March 1947: the huge and stately Viceroy’s Palace is like a beehive. Its five hundred employees are busy preparing for the arrival of Lord Louis Mountbatten, newly appointed as the in-coming (and last) Viceroy of India by prime minister, Clement Attlee. Mountbatten has the difficult task of overseeing the transition of British India to independence and arrives at the Palace accompanied by Edwina, his liberal-minded wife, and by his eighteen-year-old daughter Pamela. Meanwhile, in the staff quarters, a love story is born between Jeet, a Hindu, and Aalia, a Muslim beauty. Things will prove difficult – not to say very difficult – on both the geopolitical and personal level…. This is a fascinating historical drama recounting a turbulent and colourful time, with a faultless cast including Hugh Bonneville (as Mountbatten) and Gillian Anderson (as Edwina). Other stars include Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Simon Williams and the late, great Om Puri.
Please join us for wine, mince pies, a Christmas raffle and our usual delicious homemade cakes from 6.45pm on Friday 8th December….