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Shakespeare's Women

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Be part of the world premiere of new play Shakespeare’s Women by Lorien Haynes with a day of rehearsed readings in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

This dark comedy transports ten of Shakespeare’s women from the 16th century to 2024; placing them in the same domestic abuse support group. Centuries have passed but little has changed as they come together to eat biscuits and talk. The play gradually exposes each woman’s darkest secrets and asks what would happen if these protagonists survived their men and traditional narratives, to become flesh and blood today?

In support of Refuge, the Company and Director Jude Kelly, shine a light into areas of domestic abuse.

The matinee performance will be followed by a Q&A with Jude, Lorien, company members and a representative from Refuge.

Find out who’s in the Company here. Further casting to be announced soon.

Shakespeare’s Women is produced by Nathan Fillion and Michelle Chapman at Collison33 (The Rookie, Rookie Feds) and Sophie Linfield. The production is supported by BRAVA (Bristol Academy of Voice Acting). All profits will be donated by the producers to Refuge.

Refuge is the largest specialist domestic abuse organisation in the UK. On any given day Refuge services support thousands of survivors, helping them overcome the physical, emotional, financial and logistical impacts of abuse and rebuild their lives — free from fear. For more information about Refuge click here.

‘And I’m a domestic abuse survivor. Or am I in trauma recovery? What are we saying now? I’m a co-dependent.? I’m in co-dependent recovery.’


Content Guidance: This play contains themes of domestic abuse, suicide, sexual abuse, violence and the use of discriminatory language. Please contact the ticketing team on 020 7401 9919 or [email protected] if you would like further details on the play’s content.


Galleries (Seating) £65 – £5

This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Running time 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Part of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse 10th Anniversary

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