Workshop of New Musical Only a Kingdom to Feature Max von Essen and Jill Paice

News   Workshop of New Musical Only a Kingdom to Feature Max von Essen and Jill Paice
The York Theatre Company will present a by-invitation-only Developmental Lab of the new musical Only a Kingdom Nov. 9-12 at Saint Peter's.

Max von Essen
Max von Essen

Directed by David Glenn Armstrong with musical supervision and arrangements by Peter Mansfield and musical direction by Milton Granger, the cast will be led by Max von Essen as King Edward and Jill Paice as American divorcée Wallis Simpson with J.B. Adams, Becky Barta, Stephen Bienskie, Donna Lynne Champlin, Kerry Conte, Osborn Focht, James Judy, Daniel C. Levine, Nadine Malouf, Stephen Mo Hanan, Michelle Pruiett, Patrick Richwood, Graham Rowat and Lynne Wintersteller.

The new musical features book, music and lyrics by Judith Shubow Steir.

Only a Kingdom, according to press notes, "explores the world-famous love story of King Edward VIII of Great Britain and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom he renounced the British throne in 1936. The match was opposed by the royal family, the Church of England and the British government. The musical depicts the public and private struggle of this man and woman and reveals the true story behind the most romantic public gesture in history. After the abdication, the scandalized couple spent the rest of their lives as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor."

The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s is located at 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street). For more information visit

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