Beatrix Potter's Favourite Tale

Beatrix Potter's Favourite Tale


In a trip to Gloucester, circa 1897, Beatrix Potter came across the story of a poor tailor who was supposedly aided by fairies. This inspired her to write a version where mice finish off an expensive waistcoat and it became her personal favourite — The Tailor of Gloucester.

Philip Glassborow reveals the intricate strands of fact and fiction that helped Potter write the tale and the importance of traditional music to the author during and after its creation.


Philip Glassborow explores the author's fascination with the traditional songs and carols which appeared in the original version of The Tailor of Gloucester, but were later excluded from the more familiar edition by her publisher Frederick Warne. From 2012.

Cast & Crew

Actor Philip Glassborow
Producer Beaty Rubens