Mrs Pack

Three Chairs and a Hat

July 1689. Princess Anne finally gives birth to a child who survives beyond a few hours. But the young prince is unable to feed. An urgent call goes out to the nation: whose milk can save the heir to the throne? This musical by Nia Williams, based on a real wetnurse who turned the royal court upside down, shows women at the heart of power — but ultimately powerless.
A pain in the neck? Or an outspoken woman? The real Mrs Pack has all but disappeared. But for a short time in the 17th century she was hailed as the saviour of the Protestant Stuart dynasty, and found herself at the centre of a system that relied on women to produce and raise future monarchs, while placing the value of their male children far above their own.

Reviews for the Edinburgh Fringe production (2022):
'Bright and lively but very moving' — FairyPowered Productions (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
'Entertaining, profoundly moving and thought-provoking'—Fringe website feedback
'Superb ... My standout show of the Fringe'—Fringe website feedback

Official selection, Montreal Women's Film Festival 2024 (filmed stage performance)

Event Details

Genre: Musical

Duration: 60 mins

Price: £10

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Trigger warning: themes include child loss/infant mortality

Suitable for ages: 12 and over


Language no problem

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19 August 2024 7.00pm

Etcetera Theatre

Full: £10

Conc: £8

20 August 2024 7.00pm

Etcetera Theatre

Full: £10

Conc: £8

24 August 2024 7.00pm

Etcetera Theatre

Full: £10

Conc: £8

25 August 2024 7.00pm

Etcetera Theatre

Full: £10

Conc: £8


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