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Indoor performances at theatres are postponed to at least 15 August 2020.

Outdoor performances (where possible) are still permitted.

The show below was scheduled to open in the period we expect theatres to remain closed.

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Fanny & Stella

Playing until 23 Aug 2020

Garden Theatre

The story of Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton who, in 1871, were put on trial in London for dressing as women and conspiracy to commit sodomy, a felony at the time.
Fanny & Stella at the Garden Theatre

Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton

Show details


Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton were two young men who, in 1871, were put on trial in London for dressing as women and conspiracy to commit sodomy, a felony at the time.

They dressed up as women (and were very good at it) for amateur theatricals, but when the show was over, and sometimes when there wasn't even any show, as 'Fanny and Stella' they would frequent places of entertainment in the West End where men encountered men for sex and male prostitutes plied their trade.

Park and Boulton were acquitted - an amazing victory for the time when sexual acts between men carried a sentence of two years - perhaps it was because one had a father who was a judge, and the other a mother who swayed the court with her tears.

Upon their acquittal, Park and Boulton - as Fanny and Stella - along with their theatre company, take their story on the road.

They hire a venue for "one night only" to tell their amazing true story of their lives, their trial, and their sensational acquittal.

This is their "tell-all-tale", told for us, right here, no-holds barred, through song, dance and a whole barrel of comedy and fun!

But are they, in an unforgiving age, putting themselves on trial a second time?

Background, advisory warnings

Age suitability: Not available

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Garden Theatre

Postal address:
The Eagle
349 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY

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Previews from:Monday 3 August 2020

Press night:Tuesday 11 August 2020

Closes:Sunday 23 August 2020

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 6‑00pm, 8‑30pm


Running time: 1 hr 20 mins (approx)


£16.00 + bkng fee

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The venue is suitable for a wheelchair user but is limited to one per performance.

Please ensure you've contacted the Box Office before booking should your party include a wheelchair user.


Jed Berry - Ernest Boulton/Stella

Kurt Kansley - Lord Arthur Clinton

Alex Lodge - Louis Charles Hurt

Mark Pearce - Mr Grimes

Joaquin Pedro Valdes - John Safford Fiske

Kane Verrall - Frederick William Park/Fanny


Author: Glenn Chandler (book)
Composer: Charles Miller
Lyricist: Glenn Chandler
Director: Steven Dexter
Designer: David Shields
Musical direction: Aaron Clingham
Production: Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions


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