Wilton's

Presented by Troupe

5th June to 29th June . 7.30pm; 2.30pm Thursday & Saturday matinees (no matinee 6th June) .
£12.50 - £27 full price, £10 - £24.50 concessions | Previews 5th – 6th June

'When that bell rings, your life is entirely in your hands.'

1869. Deep in the heart of Victorian London is a theatre where only the strongest survive. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, four very different women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing; each finds an unexpected freedom in the ring. As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us from grand drawing rooms to rowdy backstreet pubs where the women fight inequality as well as each other. But with the final showdown approaching, only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World...
 
Fresh from a sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse, Joy Wilkinson (current writer for Doctor Who) brings to life this little-known but important part of the City’s history. Featuring an ensemble cast and thrilling live boxing matches, The Sweet Science of Bruising is staged in the electrifying atmosphere of the world’s oldest grand music hall located in London’s East End, Wilton’s Music Hall.



★★★★★ DAILY EXPRESS
★★★★ THE TIMES
★★★★ THE ARTS DESK
★★★★ LONDONTHEATRE1
★★★★ REVIEWS HUB
★★★★ LONDON BOX OFFICE
★★★★ STAGE REVIEW
★★★★ THE SPY IN THE STALLS

Cast
OWEN BRENMAN - Professor Charlie Sharp
CELESTE DODWELL - Violet Hunter
JESSICA REGAN - Matilda 'Matty' Blackwell 
EMMA MCDONALD - Anna Lamb
FIONA SKINNER - Polly Stokes
JANE HOW - Aunt George
ALICE KERRIGAN - Emily
WILF SCOLDING - Gabriel Lamb
TOM LORCAN - Paul Stokes 
ASHLEY COOK - Doctor James Bell

Creative Team
JOY WILKINSON - Playwright 
KIRSTY PATRICK WARD - Director 
KATE WATERS - Fight Director
ANNA REID - Designer
MAX PERRYMENT - Sound Designer and Composer 
PETER HARRISON - Lighting Designer
 NATASHA HARRISON - Movement Director

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Age recommendation: 12+
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

They like it

  • One of the best new plays I have seen in years. Wonderful.

    ***** Daily Express

  • Joy Wilkinson's fascinating, full-blooded play… a knockout.

    ****. The Times

  • Thoroughly heartfelt, highly original and completely timely.

    ****. The Arts Desk

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