“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 every one know of her exhibition but no one knows her story?


About The Production

Judith Paris is a one-time member of both the National Theatre and the RSC, playing roles as diverse as Dottie inJumpers with Michael Hordern, Valeria in Coriolanus with Ian Mackellen and Celia in As You Like It with Charles Dance. She has often performed in the West End, playing parts such as Grace Farrell in Annie and Lady Fidget in Lust. She made her Broadway debut in Medea with Diana Rigg.

Judith has appeared in many television roles, including the female alien Eldrad in Doctor Who, and no less that eight television and film projects with acclaimed director Ken Russell including The Devils and The Rainbow. Other television credits include 2point4 Children, A Touch of Frost, Cider with Rosie, Lovejoy, Lady Audley’s Secret and as Carlotta’s Seamstress in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera.

WAXING LYRICAL- The Story of Madame Tussaud follows four other shows written and produced by Judith Paris: Weill and Lenya (New End Theatre London, Croydon Warehouse Theatre), La Goulue of The Moulin Rouge (Rosemary BranchTheatre London, Bridewell Theatre London), When Florence Met Isadora (Rosemary Branch Theatre London) and Jacques Brel-the Rage to Live (New End Theatre London, Chelmsford Cramphorn Theatre, Greenwich Theatre London, Wimbledon Theatre London, Maddermarket Theatre Norwich).




About The Title

“Waxing Lyrical” is a Fantom Publishing production. You can purchase the Audio CD direct from Fantom Publishing by CLICKING HERE.




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Judith Paris


Judith Paris



File Size/Quality

192kbps (better than CD), 256kbps (superb quality), 320kbps (highest quality)


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