The small but mighty Finborough Theatre will be releasing an archive recording of one of their shows each month for as long as they can.
London, 1913. Travelling salesman Henry Clegg has taken his wife, Jane, for granted for most of their marriage, as she endures his dishonesty, infidelity and neglect, as well as his demanding mother. But when Henry is accused of embezzling money from his firm and his latest affair is revealed, Jane realises she must finally escape her life of domestic abuse for herself and her children…only to find that for women without money and connections breaking free isn’t so easy.
Written in 1913 at the height of the campaign for votes for women, Jane Clegg premiered at Manchester’s famous Gaiety Theatre, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre – where it was compared to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Dame Sybil Thorndike created the title role and performed it all over the world, including in a BBC Radio broadcast in 1967. Unseen in London since 1944, Jane Clegg now receives a long-overdue new production, directed by renowned director David Gilmore. The Finborough Theatre has also previously rediscovered two acclaimed plays by St John Ervine, most notably his play Mixed Marriage in 2011.
JANE CLEGG by St John Ervine Presented by Andrew Maunder in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre Performed at the Finborough Theatre, London, in April 2019
Read my 4-star review of JANE CLEGG here
Cast Mrs. Clegg | Maev Alexander Jane Clegg | Alix Dunmore Mr. Morrison | Sidney Livingstone Henry Clegg | Brian Martin Jenny Clegg | Eve Prenelle Mr. Munce | Matthew Sim Johnny Clegg | Theo Wilkinson Director | David Gilmore Design | Alex Marker Lighting Design | Richard Williamson Sound Design | Edward Lewis Costume Design | Carla Evans
The show runs 1 hour and 30 minutes and is available until Wednesday August 5th.
Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to Finborough Theatre to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.
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