SPEND AN EVENING WITH DOWNTON ABBEY
SUFFOLK, VA (October 21, 2015) This is your chance to see it all—the scandal, intrigue, drama, and fashion—before your friends! Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
December 17, 2015, for An Evening with Downton Abbey, presented by WHRO in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and Suffolk Tourism. This free premiere screening event will be held in the Birdsong Theater of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and will allow you early access to the first full episode of the very last season of Downton Abbey…which will premiere to the viewing public on WHRO on January 3, 2016.
Admission to the screening is FREE, but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained at www.whro.org/events, and are for general seating, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. Although not required, attendees are encouraged to dress in their best ‘roaring twenties’ attire!
To further celebrate the last season, a limited number of tickets will be sold for a Private VIP Tea Reception before the free screening, held in the Taylor Ballroom located at the Suffolk Center from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for $25 per person. The VIP Tea Reception ticket includes reserved seating for the free screening and a Downton Abbey keepsake. For more information on the VIP Tea Reception, please be sure to visit www.suffolkcenter.org. To buy tickets, call 757.923.2900. All proceeds will benefit the Suffolk Center Foundation.
A runaway hit since it debuted on PBS in 2011, Downton Abbey is widely credited with reigniting American viewers’ passion for British drama. It is the top PBS drama of all time, the most popular series in MASTERPIECE’s 44-year history, and one of the most-watched dramas on American television. With 51 Emmy® nominations, more than any other British show in Emmy® history, Downton Abbey is one of the most honored series on television. It has won 11 Emmys®, three Golden Globes®, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Producers Guild Award, and three BAFTAs.
The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era, with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and the British social hierarchy in general. Season 6 opens in 1925, and finds the Crawley family clinging to an ever-changing world stage, with plot threads that include Lady Mary’s continuing quest for love, Lady Edith’s trials as a secret single mother, Robert’s battles against modernity, Violet’s one-line zingers, and Carson’s marriage proposal to Mrs. Hughes.
Downton Abbey is a Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production, written and created by Julian Fellowes. It is Executive Produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. Chris Croucher is the Producer. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston and on WHRO in Norfolk. For DVDs and more Downton Abbey items, visit shop.PBS.org.
For more information about this special event, please stop by www.VisitSuffolkVA.com or call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130.