Artist’s life in letters

Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough

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A one-man show based on Thomas Gainsborough’s letters has its premiere in Sudbury on Saturday.

The play, A Life in Letters, can be seen at Gainsborough’s House, the artist’s birthplace museum.

It reveals his opinions on everything from the subjects of his portraits, his family problems and rows with the Royal Academy, to ladies of the night.

Some of Gainsborough’s letters were so scandalous they were destroyed in the 19th century but many more survive.

Writer and director Richard Fawkes, whose credits include Channel 4’s Changing Faces, has compiled the script.

Gainsborough is played by Paul Alexander, an ex-member of the Royal Shakespeare Company who has appeared on TV in Upstairs Downstairs, Heartbeat and A Touch of Frost.

The show, starts at 7pm, takes place in the exhibition gallery which is currently housing a re-creation of an 18th century painting room.

Tickets cost £20 and include wine. To book call 01787 372958, or email mail@gainsborough.org,