5th June to29th 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.
Age recommendation: 12+ (Contains scenes of a violent nature)
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.
Joy Wilkinson's fascinating, full-blooded play… a knockout.
Thoroughly heartfelt, highly original and completely timely.
The Arts Desk
A gripping spectacle
The Spy In The Stalls
Thrilling and ferociously inspiring
Fairy Powered Productions
It is part of a growing and enjoyable theatrical trend which foregrounds women’s lives and achievements and gives them the chance to take the centre stage which has so often been denied them. It is a trend that isn’t going away.