Overview

“I’m not a spy.” “A working class woman inside the walls of Westminster? If that is not espionage, I do not know what is.”

This remarkable new play from Caroline Bird tells the inspiring and epic story of Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP, who was forever on the right side of history, forever on the wrong side of life.

Caught between revolutionary and parliamentary politics, Ellen fights with an unstoppable, reckless energy for a better world. Running (quite literally in some cases) into the likes of Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway, she battles to save Jewish refugees in Nazi Germany; campaigns for Britain to aid the fight against Franco’s Fascists in Spain; and leads 200 workers in the Jarrow Crusade, marching from Newcastle through Nottingham and the Midlands all the way to London, delivering a petition which aimed to end unemployment and poverty. She serves as a vital member of Churchill’s cabinet, and has affairs with communist spies and government ministers. But, despite all of this, she still finds herself – somehow – on the outside looking in.

This is the story of Ellen Wilkinson.

There is more than one way to kill a revolutionary…

Cast & Creatives

Director Wils Wilson
Writer Caroline Bird

Tickets

Schools

School tickets are £12 each (subject to availability). One teacher goes free with every ten tickets purchased. Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Please note that we are currently running a reduced Box Office service, with our phone lines being open Monday to Friday 10am-2pm. You can, however, contact us by email at tickets@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk, where we’ll be available Monday to Friday, 10am-5.30pm.

Groups

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on tickets (subject to availability). Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Please note that we are currently running a reduced Box Office service, with our phone lines being open Monday to Friday 10am-2pm. You can, however, contact us by email at tickets@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk, where we’ll be available Monday to Friday, 10am-5.30pm.

Postage

An extra £1.50 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you (free of charge for Playhouse Pass). These will be delivered no later than two weeks before the performance is due to take place.

Access

We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description for this production.

Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.