The Young Victoria
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Ad in The Age 27 Mar 1963
Based onthe play Victoria Regina by Laurence Housman
Directed byAlan Burke
StarringLola Brooks
Ric Hutton
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Running time60 mins[1]
Production companyABC
Original networkABC
Original release27 March 1963 (1963-03-27) (Sydney, Melbourne)[2][3]

The Young Victoria is an Australian television film of 1963 which aired on ABC on 27 March 1963. Based on the play Victoria Regina, it is a 60-minute drama about the courtship and marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. It stars Lola Brooks as Victoria and Ric Hutton as Albert.[4][5][6]

The production was reduced to four vignettes. It was sponsored by the International ' Theatre Institute, the drama-wing of-UNESCO, to celebrate World Theatre day.[7] It was shown on the same day in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to celebrate the day.[8]


The courtship of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.



Douglas Smith did the sets.[9]


The Sydney Morning Herald gave the film a mixed review, calling it "mildly entertaining and agreeably presented" but also "these excerpts did not succeed in amounting to a play... it was all rather like a musical comedy without the music".[10]

The Age gave it a mixed review.[11]

The Bulletin gave the production "three cheers".[12]

See also


  1. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 21 March 1963. p. 35.
  2. ^ "The Young Victoria". The Age. 21 March 1963. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Advertisement". The Age. 27 March 1963. p. 25.
  4. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 21 March 1963.
  5. ^ "She'd Never Seen a Man Shave". TV Times. 21 March 1963.
  6. ^ Vagg, Stephen (18 February 2019). "60 Australian TV Plays of the 1950s & '60s". Filmink.
  7. ^ "The Story Of Mexico". The Canberra Times. Vol. 37, no. 10, 495. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 27 March 1963. p. 31. Retrieved 9 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "The Young Victoria". 21 March 1963. p. 27.
  9. ^ "Lola Brooks as Victoria". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 March 1963. p. 13.
  10. ^ "Houseman play on television". Sydney Morning Herald. 28 March 1963.
  11. ^ "Teletopics". The Age. 4 April 1963. p. 14.
  12. ^ The bulletin, 6 April 1963, retrieved 28 October 2019