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February 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£5.25
Set in the 1830s, the story centres on Rosina da Silva, the sophisticated eldest daughter of a wealthy Jewish Italian family living in a small enclave of Sephardic London Jews. When her father is murdered on the street and leaves behind numerous debts, she refuses an arranged marriage to an older suitor, declaring that she will work to support her family, even if she has to take to the stage like her aunt, who is a renowned singer. She decides to use her classical education and advertise her services as a governess, transforming herself into Mary Blackchurch – a Protestant of partial Italian descent – in order to conceal her heritage. However life becomes complicated as she gets to know Charles Cavendish, the patriarch of the house, and his son Henry. Minnie Driver (Rosina) gives one of her best performances with memorable beauty and the screen presence of a real star.
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