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Caroline Bird’s RED ELLEN Begins Performances on Tuesday


Caroline Bird‘s new play, Red Ellen, a Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production, begins performances at Northern Stage on Tuesday, March 29.

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 to reduce 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.​

The production has received four-star reviews in The Times, The Stage and The Guardian

This is the story of Ellen Wilkinson.

There is more than one way to kill a revolutionary…

NORTHERN STAGE – 29th March – 9th April
NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE – 13th – 30th April
EDINBURGH LYCEUM, 4th – 21st May
YORK THEATRE ROYAL, 24th – 28th May

Published: 24th March 2022