• Belinda Lyons-Lee’s Tussaud is a delightfully devious gothic mystery

    Belinda Lyons-Lee’s Tussaud is a delightfully devious gothic mystery

    It should have been Marie Tussaud’s greatest success. An automaton, rendered lifelike through her waxworking skills. It would stand, walk, elegantly wave a fan. Even sweeter that it should be Marie Antoinette; the French Revolution had cost both queen and artist plenty. But when her business partner, a magician named Philidor, ignores her instructions, the show falls apart. Marie Antoinette is ruined, and Phantasmagoria is cancelled even before the curtain falls on opening night.