Advanced free screening allows fans to see first episode of Masterpiece drama ahead of television premiere. Ticketed reception offers a true Victorian experience.
5:00 p.m. - Ticketed Reception
7:00 p.m. - Free Screening
More information: IdeaStations.org/VictoriaCville
Charlottesville, Va. - There’s good news for local fans of the period drama “Victoria.” A day ahead of the official U.S. television premiere of Season 3, WVPT WHTJ PBS will host a free screening at UVA’s Darden Abbott Center Auditorium, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The screening event will feature opening remarks and a book signing by Victorian Era expert and educator Alison Booth. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
“Victoria” fans who want to start their celebration early are invited to register for a special ticketed reception at 5 p.m. to be held in the beautiful Darden South Lounge in Saunders Hall ($45 for WVPT/ WHTJ/WCVE Members; $55 for Non-Members). The reception will offer guests the chance to step back into 1840s England with roaring fireplaces and performances by dancers in Victorian ball gowns and tailcoats.
Costume and dance experts Dorothy Smith and Simone Daleo will share curious and fun facts about fashion trends and performance styles of the day. Guests will enjoy live music, a specially curated menu of cocktails and cuisine favored by Queen Victoria, and the opportunity to participate in a guided Grand March. Period attire is optional and encouraged. Guests will also receive priority seating at the screening.
“Darden at UVA is a perfect venue for the ‘Victoria’ Season 3 premiere reception and screening,” says WHTJ PBS Community Engagement Manager and event organizer Terri Allard. “The South Lounge in Saunders Hall is quite beautiful with Jeffersonian architecture, two large fireplaces, and just the right amount of space for our intimate dance and costume presentation. The screening will take place in the Abbott Center Auditorium, a state-of-the-art theater setting located in the same building. And, there is ample free parking in the covered garage right next to the venue!”
Great holiday gift for your favorite Anglophile! Tickets are limited!
Ticket and registration information for the reception and screening is available at: IdeaStations.org/VictoriaCville.
Watch the Season 3 premiere of “Victoria” on Masterpiece Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. on WVPT PBS and WHTJ PBS.
About Victoria, Season 3 on Masterpiece:
Will revolution in Europe threaten Victoria’s reign?
It is 1848, and revolution is breaking out across Europe. In Britain, one woman stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young but fearless monarch, facing a crisis that threatens to end her reign Written by Daisy Goodwin, the series was a runaway hit during its first two seasons, with The New York Times calling it “tremendously engaging…immediately gratifying.” The Boston Globe pronounced it, “captivating,” and Paste Magazine proclaimed, “Victoria is a royal masterpiece.”
As Season 3 gets underway, Victoria is pregnant with her sixth child. But she has much else on her mind, chiefly the Revolutions of 1848, when the downtrodden throughout Europe begin agitating for the overthrow of aristocratic rule. In England, this discontent leads to Chartism, a set of demands for universal male suffrage, the secret ballot, equal representation for voters and other reforms that were considered radical by leading political figures during Victoria’s reign. As with many crusades, passions are aroused on both sides—sometimes violently. At the time, who knew if events might turn out like the French Revolution, which resorted to widespread use of the guillotine? Passion is also an issue in the bedroom at Buckingham Palace, where Victoria is reluctant to risk more pregnancies. Parents now of six, Victoria and Albert find themselves at odds about their offspring, especially the troubled Bertie, the role of the monarchy, and increasingly with each other.
Victoria is a co-production of Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece.
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