Coffee with the Wittgensteins

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Coffee with the Wittgensteins

Date and time

Friday 6 December, 6.30-7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Sarah Lenton and Margaret Stonborough


£10/£8 concessions

£5 National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders

Online sales for this event are closed. Tickets will be available for sale outside the Sainsbury Wing Theatre before the event (cash only)

Everybody drank coffee in Vienna, but the way they drank it was a sure indicator of their status. This multi-media event explores a prickly area of social history with the help of Margaret Stonborough (Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein’s grandaughter and namesake) who vividly remembers both the Wiener Werkstatte coffee service on the table, and the coffee ritual in her grandmother’s house. Two actors, will be covering the gamut of Viennese society in a script written and presented by Sarah Lenton.

Sarah Lenton

Sarah Lenton is a lecturer and programme contributor for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She has lectured extensively on opera and theatre in the UK, Europe and Australia and written and directed many shows for the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House. She appears regularly on BBC Radio 3, particularly their live opera broadcasts, and has scripted and presented many shows for them. Her credits include 'Les Troyens and Giulio Cesare' for Building a Library, 'Unsung Heroes' for the Archive Hour, and 'Mozart the Englishman' for Radio 4. She has just finished contributing to the podcasts for their entire Verdi and Wagner cycles.

Margaret Stonborough

Margaret Stonborough works for the Royal Opera House as writer and interviewer for their nightly programmes. She ran the events programme for the 'Friends of the Royal Opera House' and initiated a string of shows at the Linbury Theatre which illuminated the context of the operas and ballets in the repertoire. 'A Spaniard in the Works', 'First Nights at the Garden', 'Tutti Verdi', and 'Death on a Green Carpet' were all performed during her tenure. Recently, she inherited her father’s family archive and presented a mini series on BBC Radio 4 about her family, 'A Box of Wittgensteins'.

Image above: Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein (second left) drinks coffee with her guests in the Viennese house designed by brother Ludwig Wittgenstein (second right, sunk behind the flowers and apparently asleep)

The events programme for 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' is kindly supported by Martin Halusa

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