“History is an account not of what actually happened, but of what people think happened”. Queen Victoria.
Marie Tussaud was a remarkable woman. She escaped the guillotine and survived the horrors of the French revolution. She toured the towns of Britain for thirty-three hard years with her travelling wax cabinet, fighting off competition against a background of fire, riot, shipwreck and betrayal. She personified persistence, fortitude, dedication and self-belief. Why does everyone know of her exhibition but no one knows her story? Judith Paris is a one-time member of both the National Theatre and the RSC, playing roles as diverse as Dottie in Jumpers with Michael Hordern, Valeria in Coriolanus with Ian Mackellen and Celia in As You like It with Charles Dance.