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The Lectures of Virginia Woolf

This event has been postponed due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to announce new dates soon. 

Read by two of our finest actors, Virginia Woolf’s seminal works, A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas, will kick off our Women & Power Festival.

Both texts movingly and powerfully articulate Woman’s right to intellectual freedom and financial independence. They argue for the urgent need to remove ingrained constraints on female creativity, as imagined through the plight of Shakespeare’s sister: a woman ‘as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he was. But she was not sent to school’.

Woolf’s words, read by the candlelight of the intimate Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, will be a rallying cry to start the week. 100 years on from the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919, which outlawed discrimination on the grounds of gender or marriage in appointments to public functions, we will reflect, with these texts, on how far we have come, while also acknowledging the importance of pushing the conversation ever forward.


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Book for both performances in the same transaction and get the second performance for just £10. Just add both tickets to your basket and the discount will be automatically applied. If you buy standing tickets for both performances, the total will be £15.

‘Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’

— A Room of One’s Own

‘As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.’

—Three Guineas