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17 January – 14 February

Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl

Dear Elizabeth

Box office: 020 7229 0706

  • 17 January - 14 February

Press Night
  • 22 January & 23 January

Young People's Night
  • 25 January

Supporters Night
  • 31 January

Caption Night
  • 5 February

‘Tender and devastating’ – The Independent
Poets bare their souls in a lyrical show – The Guardian
This is a live as theatre can come – What’s On Stage
As much about the nature of creativity as it is about the multifariousness of human connection – The Stage

‘Poetical treasure hunt each night’ – Time Out
“I hope you aren’t thinking that I am a) dead b) annoyed. I’m neither, but I did have flu.”

Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. Throughout their lifetime, they wrote over 400 letters to each other; spanning decades, continents, political eras. Their connection was messy and profound, platonic yet romantic, intense and intangible. A love that resists easy definition.

These are their words.

Susan Smith Blackburn award winner Sarah Ruhl has crafted a stunning and quietly bold piece of theatre about what it means to love someone, and all the questions we regret never asking.


We’re excited to announce that two different performers will take the roles of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell for each performance. They will meet each other, the audience, and the story of Robert and Elizabeth at the same time. They won't know how the story ends: they will discover it with the audience.
The performers include:

Keep checking our website for updates on who will be performing and when. 

17 January - Thalissa Teixeira & Sam Spruell
18 January - Shalisha James-Davis & Emun Elliott
19 January - Lucy McCormick & Annabel Baldwin
21 January - Caoilfhionn Dunne & Joseph Akubeze
22 January - Jade Anouka & Jonjo O'Neill
23 January - Nina Bowers & Phoebe Fox
24 January - Tamsin Greig & Angus Wright
25 January - Travis Alabanza & Charlotte Josephine
26 January matinee - Amelia Stubberfield & Angela Clerkin
26 January evening -  Christopher Green & Chris Brett Bailey
28 January - Temi- Wilkey & Seiriol Davies
29 January - Emma Dennis Edwards & Elizabeth Chan
30 January matinee - Jo Clifford & Paul Bazely
30 January evening - Linda Broughton & Jon Foster
31 January - Kwame Owusu & Frankie Henry
1 Februrary – Samuel West & Jo Horton
2 February matinee - Emma Frankland & Neil D'Souza
2 February evening - Tim Crouch & Nadia Albina
4 February - Lois Chimimba & Sule Rimi
5 February  - Sue MacLaine & Paul Ready
6 February matinee - Lucy Bairstow & Gabby Wong
6 February evening – Shane Zaza & Amanda Hale
7 February - Chris Thorpe & Kayla Meikle
8 February - Lucy Ellinson & Leo Bill
9 February matinee - Isabel Adomakoh Young & Helena Lymbery
9 February evening - Dickie Beau & Hattie Morahan

Running Time: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes. 

11 February evening -  Anjana Vasan & Tobias Menzies
12 February evening – Luke Norris & Eileen Walsh
13 February matinee – Kwong Loke & Annie Siddons
13  February evening – Michael Shaeffer & Martina Laird
14 February evening –Susan Wokoma & Hammed Animashaun


Press Night: 22 January & 23 January
Young People's Night: 25 January
Supporters Night: 31 January
Caption Night: 5 February

Evening performances: 7.30pm
Matinees: 2pm


‘A ride of pain, love and loss.’ - The Upcoming
‘An impressive and bittersweet tribute to art, love, and life.’ – Broadway World
‘This is as live as theatre can come.’  -Whats On Stage
‘Poets bare their souls in a lyrical show’ – The Guardian
‘Tender and devastating’ – The Independent
‘As much about the nature of creativity as it is about the multifariousness of human connection.’ – The Stage 
‘Poetical treasure hunt each night’ – Time Out

Young People's Night is supported by Douglas & Gordon. 

Leo Bill +


Jo Clifford +


Jo Horton +


Temi Wilkey +


Phoebe Fox +


Nigel Barrett +

Developer & Deviser

Hannah Ringham +

Performer/Developer & Deviser

Kwame Owusu +


Dickie Beau +


Sule Rimi +


Nina Harding +

Stage Manager: Props

Jade Anouka +


Nina Bowers +

Performer / Developer & Deviser

Tim Crouch +


Ellen McDougall +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Moi Tran +


Sam Spruell +


Jon Nicholls +

Sound Designer

Ed Borgnis +

Production Manager

Phil Massingham +

Production Electrician

Jenny Skivens +

Stage Manager: Book

Sally Hardcastle +

Design Assistant

Kwong Loke +


Yasmin Hafesji +

Assistant Director

Lucy Morris +

Stage Manager: Props

Jessica Hung Han Yun +

Lighting Designer

Isabel is an actor, writer and activist; they have trained at Identity School of Acting and until January 2019 they will be training and performing with National Youth Theatre Rep Company.

Isabel performs regularly at theatres, festivals and events with Pecs: The All-Female Drag Troupe and Shotgun Carousel. Last year Pecs’ The 80’s Show sold out a run at Soho Theatre and was nominated for an Offie award.

Stage credits include:
Macbeth (NYT),Consensual (NYT), Victoria’s Knickers (NYT), Secret Cinema Presents: Blade Runner (Secret Cinema), Brood (Arcola, Pennyworth Productions), Bite Your Tongue (Talawa Theatre), The Village R&D (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Lionboy (Complicite)

Cabaret credits include:
Pecs at Tate Modern, Café Des Hommes, Pecs: Late at Tate, Pecs:XXXMAS (Pecs Drag Kings)
Theatre includes:
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Almeida), Curtains (Rose Theatre), A Midsummers Night’s Dream (Young Vic), Hamlet,  Lighting Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre), Secret Theatre (Lyric Hammersmith), The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse), Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre), School for Scandal (Barbican), The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic), Posh (Royal Court Theatre), Pains of Youth (National Theatre), The Observer (National Theatre), The Hothouse (National Theatre), The Reporter (National Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Sound Theatre)

Film includes:
Rare Beasts, In Fabric, Peterloo, Hamlet, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, Mr Turner, A Long Way Down, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Alice in Wonderland, Me and Orson Welles, Becoming Jane, The Living and the Dead, Kinky Boots, These Foolish Things, The Fall, Vera Drake, LD50, Two Men Went to War, 28 Days Later, All or Nothing, Gosford Park

Television includes:
The Long Song, The Strike Series- The Cuckoos Calling, Taboo, The White Queen, Pramface, The Borgais, Words of Captain Scott, Dr Who – A Christmas Carol, Home Time, Ashes to Ashes, Lead Balloon – Series 2, Sense and Sensibility, Jekyll, Bash, A Very Social Secretary, Silent Witness, Messiah III, Eroica, Canterbury Tales – Man of Law, Spooks 2, Midsomer Murders – A Tale of Two Hamlets, Harry Enfield’s Celeb, Surrealismo, Attachments II, Crime and Punishment     
Chris Thorpe is Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange, Manchester – work for them includes There Has Possibly Been An Incident and The Mysteries. Other theatre work includes Victory Condition and The Milk of Human Kindness for the Royal Court and Beowulf for the Unicorn. He also has ongoing collaborations with Rachel Chavkin produced by China Plate (Confirmation/Status), Lucy Ellinson (TORYCORE), Portugal's mala voadora (Overdrama/House-Garden/Dead End/Your Best Guess) and Hannah Jane Walker (The Oh Fuck Moment/I Wish I Was Lonely) Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre, is an Associate of Live Art/ Theatre company Third Angel and has worked frequently with Forest Fringe. Chris has also recently collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw, writing the award-winning The Shape of the Pain.
Chris's work tours internationally, and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including the recent premiere of Victory Condition at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of There Has Possibly Been an Incident and Confirmation, which won the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018.

Chris was the Arvon mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17, and works with the National Student Drama Festival.
Theatre includes: JUBILEE (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange Theatre); KINGDOM COME, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: PLAY FOR THE NATION (RSC); THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (Donmar Wrehouse); GROUNDED, THE CHRISTIANS, TROJAN WOMEN, TENET (The Gate); WORLD FACTORY (Metis Arts/Young Vic/New Wolsey); MAD MAN (Chris Goode/Theatre Royal Plymouth); MONEY: THE GAMESHOW (Clare Duffy/Unlimited Theatre/Bush); OH THE HUMANITY! (AND OTHER GOOD INTENTIONS) (Northern Stage/Soho); PRESUMPTION (Third Angel); MISSION TO MARS, THE SWING LEFT (Unlimited Theatre); A THOUSAND SHARDS OF GLASS (Jane Packman Company); THEY ONLY COME AT NIGHT (Slunglow Theatre/BITE Festival/The Barbican); #TORYCORE (Forest Fringe/The Arches/BAC/Gate); LAND WITHOUT WORDS (Lydia Ziemke/Suite42 Berlin); HUSSEIN (Suite42 Berlin/Zoukak Theatre Beirut).

Television includes: BRITANNIA; NEW TRICKS.

Jo is a playwright and performer. She is the author of about 90 performed plays.

In 2018, she performed her THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN as the Christmas show at the Traverse. The show sold out and attracted 26,008 signatures to an online petition demanding it be banned.

She also performed EVE (which she co-wrote with Chris Goode) for the National Theatre of Scotland in Dundee, Nairn, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Her FIVE DAYS WHICH CHANGED EVERYTHING was broadcast on BBC Radio 4; her short film, THESE ARE MY HANDS, which she wrote and performs,  is being shown in cinemas throughout the world.

Her ANNA KARENINA was performed in Tokyo; and she was one of a cast of 12 women in Taishani’s DC:SEMIRAMIS, a performance art installation in the Tramway, Glasgow.

Her queer adaptation of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW opens in the Sherman, Cardiff, and tours to the Tron, Glasgow, in Feb/Mar 2019.

She is a proud father and grandmother and lives in Edinburgh.

Stage credits:
Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC), As You Like It (RSC), Belongings (Hamstead Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Birmingham Rep), Town (Royal/ Derngate), The Gods Weep (RSC), Days of Significance (RSC),  Once a Catholic (The Royal Court)
Television and Film credits:
Endeavour (Mammoth/ ITV), Dark Angel (ITV 1), Silent Witness (BBC 1), Partners in Crime (BBC1), Children Next Door (Channel 4/ Raw TV), Knifeman (AMC), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV), Father Brown (BBC), London’s Burning (Juniper Communications), Doctors (BBC), Permanently Excluded  (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), The Bill (ITV), Midnight Man (ITV/ Carnival), Bike Squad (ITV), Doctors (BBC), Holby Blue (BBC), Five Days (BBC/ HBO), Robin Hood (BBC/ Tiger Aspect), Spooks (BBC/ Kudos), Eleventh Hour (ITV/ Granada), Afterlife (BBC), Foyle’s War (ITV), Fishtank (BBC)
Emma is a writer and performer of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage; she trained as an actor at The BRIT School and East15 Acting School. 
Emma recently performed her self-penned play Funeral Flowers at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which won the Scotsman’s Fringe First Award and Filipa Bragança award for best solo performance. 
Previous Stage Credits include: 
New Futures & Festival (Pentabus Theatre Company), After Orlando (The Finborough), Rise Up (Belgrade, Hull Truck, Pegasus) Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse) Fast Track (The North Wall Arts Centre) Clean (The Traverse Theatre and 59e59 theaters, New York), Crash (North Wall Arts Centre and Arcola Theatre), Hurried Steps (Brighton Dome, The Cockpit Theatre, Dukes Theatre Lancaster) A New World Order (Shoreditch Town Hall, Barbican and Hydrocracker Theatre) Bussin’ It (Oval House Theatre, Camp Bestival), Millennium (Vineyard Theatre, New York).
Previous Television and Film credits includes:
Trap for Cinderella (Forthcoming Productions) BBC Ident Over the Rainbow (Red Bee Media), The Naked Poet (Triple Threat Media). 
Seiriol is a musical theatremaker who trained at the London International School of Performing Arts. He has made shows with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, Gideon Reeling and Beady Eye. He was half of the cult time-travelling knees-up variety act Underbling and Vow, and writes songs with the dark glam, Weimar-fabulous band Temper Temper.
His first full-length play Moon River, an unsettling comedy about the social lives of the over-70s, was developed by the Soho Theatre and produced at the Pleasance and he later devised, composed and performed Mess with Caroline Horton, which won The Stage Award for Best Ensemble, 2012 and toured internationally.
Seiriol’s first musical How To Win Against History, about Henry Cyril Paget, the cross-dressing black sheep Marquis of Anglesey, opened at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim, and played two consecutive total sellout runs there in 2016 and 2017. It then toured the UK before transferring to a sellout run at London's Young Vic in December 2017. It has won several awards including a The Stage Award and the Wales Theatre Award.
Temi trained at Cambridge University.
Her theatre credits include: TERMINAL 3 & ACT (Print Room); JUBILEE (Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange); THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (National Theatre
MACBETH and PRIVATE PEACEFUL (all National Youth Theatre Rep).
Television credits include: YEARS AND YEARS (BBC); MANHUNT (ITV)
Amelia is a theatre-maker, actor, writer and comedian. After training as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, they have worked on numerous projects including performances at The Yard, The Bush and Camden People's Theatre and The Vaults. They are currently developing their own solo show and were named as "One to Watch" by the Funny Women 2018 Awards. Recent credits include Bullish by Milk Presents (UK tour) and the latest show from Greg Wohead, Call it a Day, which premieres at The Yard in January 2019.
Caoilfhionn Dunne Theatre credits include Suzy Storck (Gate Theatre), Katie Roche (Abbey Theatre), The Nest (Lyric Belfast, Young Vic), Wild (Hampstead Theatre), Forever Yours, Mary Lou (Theatre Royal, Bath), Our Country’s Good, The Veil (National Theatre) Fathers and Sons, The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse). Her television credits include Britannia, Chernobyl, The Bisexual, Love/Hate, Vexed II, Little White Lies and for film; In View, Wrath of the Titans, Corduroy.
Sarah Ruhl's plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage; For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday; The Oldest Boy; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Orlando; Late: a cowboy song; Dear Elizabeth; Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); Eurydice; and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country and have also been produced internationally, and translated into over twelve languages. Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright award, the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur "genius" award. Her book of essays 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was published by Faber and Faber was a Times Notable Book of the Year. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Nigel Barrett is an award winning actor and theatre maker.  He is a member of the shunt collective and has been working with Louise Mari since 2006, when they started the shunt lounge together – the infamous arts venue under London Bridge Station. He is also an associate director with Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre and Sabab, with whom he made The Arabic Shakespeare Trilogy for the RSC, Peter Brooks Bouffe du Nord and BAM New York.

His theatre work includes The Mysteries (Royal Exchange Manchester), 100: Unearthed (Wildworks), Party Skills for the End of the World (Manchester International Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall), Kingdom Come (RSC), Margate/Dreamland  (Shoreditch Town Hall), Blasted (Barrel Organ / Styx), Big Bad Wolf in Baddies the Musical (Unicorn Theatre), The Eye Test (National Theatre), Everyone (Chris Goode and Co), The Iphigenia Quartet (The Gate), Cyrano De Bergerac (Northern Stage Co), Praxis Makes Perfect (NTW / Berlin Festspiele), Mad Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth), There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Royal Exchange Manchester), Get Stuff Break Free ( National Theatre), The Passion (National Theatre Wales/Wildworks ), Pericles (Regents Park) and Richard III  - An Arab Tragedy (RSC).

Film and television includes, Doctor, Cycles, The Gospel of Us, The Boat, Hello You, Casualty, Meet The Piltdowns, Hairy Eyeball, Dawson’s Creek Special, The Mysteries, Deadline, The Lens, Sexual Healing, England My England.

Hannah Ringham is a actor and theatre maker. She is a co-founder and performer of the UK award winning performance collective SHUNT.  Individual work includes Die or Run for the Arts in Mind Festival Kings College London, Free show (bring money) (Soho Theatre and national tour) both collaborations with Glen Neath and The Present (Unicorn Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre).
Her recent theatre credits include: The Mysteries (The Manchester Royal Exchange), All's Well that Ends Well (The Globe) Bad Faith (Laban Centre) The Unknown Island (The Gate)  Islands (Bush Theatre), The Architects (Shunt), , Cadavre Exquis (2012), Contains Violence (Lyric Hammersmith), Tropicana (Shunt). She has performed and toured internationally with many other companies including Tim Crouch with the award winning two hander England,  Kassys (a collaborative performance with Kassys, The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Nicole Beutler), Caroline Horton,. Short Films include Bouffon by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.

Theatre includes:
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet (The Harold Pinter Theatre/ ATG), Hamlet (Almeida), 1984 (Playhouse Theatre), Oresteia (Almeida), Oresteia- Trafalgar Studios (ATG), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), Twelfth Night/ Richard III (The Globe on Broadway), Privates on Parade (Michael Grandage Company), The Master and Margarita (Complicite), The Cat in the Hat (National Theatre/ Young Vic/ Theatre De La Ville,  Paris), Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre), Design for Living (Old Vic Theatre), Mrs Affleck (National Theatre), The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (RSC), Merchant of Venice (RSC), War House (National Theatre), St Joan (National Theatre), The Seagull (National Theatre), Measure for Measure (Complicite), A Dream Play (National Theatre), Stuff Happens (National Theatre), Three Sisters (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (The Globe), Three Sisters (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham Playhouse), Talk of the City (RSC), Chips with Everything (Royal National Theatre), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Almeida), The Rivals (National Theatre Studio), Early Morning (National Theatre Studio), Mother Courage (Royal National Theatre), A Mongrel’s Heart (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Salome (European Tour), Private Lives (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Hamlet (RSC), The Theban Plays (RSC), The Dybbuk (RSC), Henry IV I&II (RSC), Twelfth Night (RSC), Too Clever by Half (Moscow Arts Theatre School), Uncle Vanya (Moscow Arts Theatre School)

Film includes:
Official Secrets, The Little Stranger, The Rabbits Foot, Rouge One, A Little Chaos, Jack Ryan, Maleficent, Closed Circuit, Private Peaceful, The Iron Lady, Affair of the Necklace, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Charlotte Gray, Cutthroat Island, Dr Sleep, First Knight, Frankenstein, Jilting joe,  Kingdom of Heaven, Labyrinth, Nicholas Nickleby, RKO 281, The Bank Job, The Lover’s Prayer, The Whipping Boy

Television includes:
The Year of the Rabbit (Objective Fiction), Plebs 4 (Rise Films), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Flowers (Kudos Film and TV Ltd), Peep Shows (Objective Productions), Jekyll and Hyde (ITV J&H Ltd), Father Brown  Series 3 (BBC), Sons of Liberty (A&E Studios for History Channels), Breathless (ITV Studios Ltd), Murder on the Home Front (Carnival), Being Human Series 4 (Touchpaper TV), The Sarah Jane Adventures (DW Productions Ltd), Above Suspicion (La Plante Productions), Attachments (Carlton UK), Between the Lines (BBC), Boudica (Box TV), Brilliant (Native/ BBC10 X 10), Cambridge Spies (BBC), Casanova (Red Productions), Crocodile Shoes (Red Productions), Dalziel & Pascoe (BBC), Duck Patrol (LWT), Hotel Babylon (Carnival), Pie in the Sky (SelecTV), Solider Solider (Carlton UK), The Bill (Thames TV), The Painted Lady (Granada), The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Talkback Thames for Channel 4), The Vice (Carlton), The Way We Live (BBC), Waking the Dead (BBC), Whistleblower (BBC), Winter Solstice (Own Two Feet Productions), Wire in the Blood (Coastal Productions) 

Radio includes:
The Secret Pilgrim (BBC Radio 4), Plenty (Catherine Bailey Productions), Precious (Pier Productions)
Kwame is an actor, director, playwright, and songwriter. He’s a Young Associate at the Gate Theatre and is a member of the National Youth Theatre. Most recently, Kwame co-directed a 5 star production of Alistair McDowall’s Pomona at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Kwame has also recently starred in productions of Simon Stephens’
Yerma, and William Wycherley’s The Country Wife at the John Thaw Theatre, Manchester and Union Theatre, Manchester, respectively. Kwame is currently studying at the University of Manchester.
Theatre includes: Sweat (Donmar Warehouse), Measure for Measure (Donmar Warehouse), Love and Information, Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield);  Barber Shop Chronicles (NT/Australia/New Zealand);  Mary Stuart, They Drink it in the Congo (Almeida);  The Suicide (NT);  The 
Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange, Manchester/WYP/Orange Tree);  The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead (ETT/Liverpool Everyman);  Bordergame National Theatre of Wales);  Babes in the Woods (Rainbow Valley Productions);  Othello (Fluellen Theatre Company); Muscle (Shock N Awe);  Serious Money (Waking Exploits);  Robinson Crusoe, Aladdin (Owen Money Theatre Company);  Stanley’s Magic Lamp and the Heart of Darkness (Twm O’r Nant). 

Film includes:  Ashens & the Quest for the Game Child; Bad Fucking; The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box; Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming; The Machine; Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons; Night of the Living Dead: Resurrections; Rock ‘N’ Roll Killers; Eastern Promises; Daddy’s Girl; Starter for Ten. 

Television includes:  Black Earth Rising;  Death in Paradise;  Birds of a Feather Christmas Special; Strikeback; Casualty; Unforgotten; Stella; DNN: Definitely Not Newsround; 4 O'Clock Club; Mistresses; Crash; Caerdydd; The Black Lion; Y Pris; Scrum IV; Doctor Who; Fondue; Sex and Dinosaurs; The Story of Tracey Beaker
Credits include: Fat Girls Don't Dance, director, (Roundhouse, BAC, Rich Mix, Bristol Old Vic, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe 2016, winner of Saboteur Best Spoken Word Show 2017), DIGS, creator/performer, (Pleasance London, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe 2017), SEXY, movement director, (Camden Peoples Theatre, Roundhouse, The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, Bikeshed, Wales Millennium Centre, The Shelley Theatre, The Marlowe, 2017/18), Crumbles Search for Christmas, performer, (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2017) Skate Hard, Turn Left, performer/creator, (BAC, 2018), Essex Girl, director, (BAC, Roundhouse, Soho Theatre, 2018/19) North & South, creator/performer (Theatre in the Mill, 2018/19)

Lucy is currently writer in residence at Balbir Singh Dance Company in West Yorkshire
Lucy McCormick is an actor/performer based in London.

Her hit show Triple Threat, took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2016 and had a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre in 2017.

Her other theatre credits include: Collective Rage (Southwark Playhouse); Roller Diner(Soho Theatre); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); The Naked Truth (National Tour); First Love is the Revolution (Soho Theatre); Big Hits (International Tour);  SPLAT! (Barbican); Violent Incient (Arnolfini Bristol); External (National Tour); Dusa, Fish, Stas, Vi (Worksworth Festival); As You Like It (Worksworth Festival/Jagged Fence Productions); The House of Bernada Alba (Tristan Bates Theatre)
Lucy won the Dublin Fringe Best Performer Award, Glasgow's Brick  Award and the TV Bomb Groundbreaker Award for her show Triple Threat. She was further nominated for Emerging Artist at the Total Theatre Awards Edinburgh Festival. She has also received a Off West End Award nomination for Best Female for her role in Collective Rage.

Jade Anouka’s stage roles include The Greatest Wealth (The Old Vic), Queen Margaret (Royal Exchange), The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre), Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic), Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse), Doctor Faustus (The Jamie Lloyd Company), Henry IV (St Anne’s Warehouse, New York), So Here We Are (Royal Exchange/High Tide), Chef (Soho), The Vote and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), Chef (Edinburgh Fringe), Omeros (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Clean (59E59 Theatres New York), Julius Caesar (St Anne’s Warehouse, New York), Clean (Traverse Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse), Moon On A Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Romeo and Juliet (Bolton Octagon), Wild Horses (Theatre 503), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe / US tour), Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse), Twelfth Night (York Theatre Royal), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Merchant of Venice (RSC), The Penelopiad (RSC/National Arts Centre Canada), Handa’s Surprise (The Little Angel Theatre).  On television she has appeared in Turning Up Charlie, Cleaning Up, Trauma, Chewing Gum, Lucky Man, The Vote, Shakespeare Uncovered: Romeo and Juliet, Doctor Who:The Bells of Saint John, Shakespeare Uncovered: The Comedies, Shakespeare Uncovered: The Tempest, Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet, Secrets and Words: Mightier Than The Sword, Law and Order:UK.  On film, Jade has appeared in The Rhythm Section, Fisherman’s Friend, Baby Gravy, The Dark Channel, A Summer Hamlet, T-Police Field, A Running Jump, That Serious Face and Happy Hour.  On radio she has appeared in Assata Shakur:The FBI’s Most Wanted Woman and World On The Move.

Nina trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the CDT course 
(collaborative and devised theatre). She graduated in 2017.  

Her theatre credits include THE WOLVES (Theatre Royal Stratford East) directed by Ellen McDougall; 
THE MAGIC FLUTE (Aix-­‐en-­‐Provence Festival) for Complicité directed by Simon McBurney; CRAVE 
(The Pit, Barbican) directed by Julie Cunningham; all 19 characters in TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 
(The Gate Theatre) directed by Ola Ince and TOMORROW I'LL BE TWENTY (regional tour) for Complicité, directed by Catherine Alexander. 


Tamsin Greig is an Award Winning actor of Stage & Screen.  Her theatre work: A Kind of Alaska/Landscape (Pinter season (Harold Pinter Th), Labour of Love (Noel Coward Th); Twelfth Night (National Th), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (iHo); Longing (Hampstead Th), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse - Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical); Jumpy (Royal Court/Duke of York’s); The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick - Oliver Award Nomination for Best Actress 2011); Gethsemane (National Theatre); God of Carnage (Gielgud); Much Ado About Nothing (RSC - Winner of The Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best Actress Award (2007); King John (RSC.  Her film work includes Tamara Drewe (British Independent Film Awards Nomination – and an out of competition hit at Cannes); The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Breaking the Bank, Stop the World/  Television work includes: Elementary  Episodes (5 Series- BAFTA nomination); White Heat; Friday Night Dinner (4 series BAFTA nomination);The Guilty – 3 part series,  Diana & I,Emma; The Diary of Anne Frank; Love Soup (2 Series); Green Wing (2 SeriesRoyal Television Society's Award 2006/BAFTA Nomination 2006 - British Comedy Award Nomination 2005); Black Books (3 Series), People Like Us; Happiness.
Travis Alabanza is a performer and writer based in London. Their theatre credits include Putting Words in Your Mouth (Roundhouse), Jubilee (royal exchange, Lyric Hammersmith) and recently a sold-out, critically acclaimed run of their own show Burgerz (Hackney Showroom, Oval House, Royal Exchange). Outside of theatre, their writing and activism surrounding LGBTQ+ rights has appeared in Vogue, BBC, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Independent, and they have given talks at over 120 international institutions including The Tate, V&A, Harvard University, and Royal Academy of art.
Christopher Green is a theatrical and broadcast provocateur. His experiential theatre credits as creator, writer, and director include: Prurience: an experiential entertainment about porn, which was performed at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre July 2017 and transferred to the Guggenheim in New York March 2018 (the Guggenheim’s first theatrical commission), VIP, The Frozen Scream (co-written with Sarah Waters) and Office Party (co-created with Ursula Martinez, directed by Cal McCrystal).

Christopher is the author of Overpowered: The Science & Showbiz of Hypnosis. He is a trained hypnotherapist and has reinvented the stage hypnotism routine in his theatre show The Singing Hypnotist. This was developed when he was the first Artist in Residence at The British Library in 2012. Christopher was the curator of Victorian Popular Entertainments: There Will Be Fun! at the British Library which ran from 2016-2017. He scripted the material for his own repertory company of performers to support the exhibition.

Christopher regularly writes for BBC Radio 4, including 9 series of Tina C and many radio plays. His most recent is How Success Ruined Me, a two hander with entertainment legend Roy Hudd about music hall singer, Fred Barnes. Christopher’s previous radio drama series The Experience of Love, a five-part series exploring queer history in the late 20th Century, is now being developed for television.

He performs as characters such as country music singer, Tina C. who has recently published her autobiography, Complete & Utter Country, rapping pensioner Ida Barr and cultural critic Jedd O’Sullivan. Christopher has won multiple awards the first being the Olivier award for Best Entertainment in 2004 and the most recently, best Cabaret Show at Brighton Festival 2017.

Christopher’s works in development include Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Mr Fred Barnes for production at Wilton’s Music Hall in May 2018, a commission from the Gate Theatre, London and the large-scale immersive show, The Home, in association with Entelechy Arts and The Albany for production in 2019.

Christopher is an Artistic Associate of Alexandra Palace, Wilton’s Music Hall, Duckie, Entelechy Theatre Company, and Creative Cowboy Films (Australia)
Lois is an actor who trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Stage credits:
Vulcan 7 (Jonathan Church Productions/ Theatre Royal Bath), Parliament Square (The Royal Exchange/ Bush Theatre), Common (The National Theatre), Peter Pan (The National Theatre), Wonder.land  (The National Theatre/ Theatre Du Chatelet & MIF), Diary of a Madman (The Traverse Theatre/ The Gate), Pitcairn (Out of Joint/ Shakespeare’s Globe/ Chichester), Nightingale and Chase (Stonecrabs Theatre Company), Days of Significance (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), Our Town (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), A Doll’s House (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), Punk Rock (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts)

Television, Film and Radio credits:
Doctor Who (BBC1), Group (BBC Comedy/ Pirate Productions), There She Goes (Merman/ BBC), Care (LA Productions), Top Boy (Cowboy Films/ Netflix), Small Town Politics (Sky Arts), Trust Me (Red Production Company/ BBC1), Radges (BBC3 Comedy), Fried (BBC3/ Two brothers Pictures/ Bwark), Holby City (BBC Drama), Earth Air Fire Water (Sony/ Earth Below Films), Of a Lifetime (BBC Radio/ Naked Productions), Homefront (BBC Radio 4), The Three Musketeers (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts)
Theatre includes:
Julie (National Theatre), Yerma (Young Vic then transferred to the Armory Theatre New York), The Unknown Island (Gate Theatre), Othello (Globe), The Night Watch (Royal Exchange), BU21 (Theatre 503), The Broken Heart (Globe), The Changeling (Globe), Electra (The Old Vic), Epsom Downs (Richard Burton Company), Pomona (Richard Burton Company), Love and Information (Richard Burton Company), The Erpingham Camp (Royal Welsh College), The Lower Depths (Richard Burton Company), Thebans (Richard Burton Company)
Television and Film credits:
Midsomer Murders, The Musketeers (BBC), Takedown
Tim Crouch is an Obie-award winning writer, actor and theatre-maker. His plays include My Arm, ENGLAND (a play for galleries), An Oak Tree, The Author, Adler & Gibb, Beginners, and (with Andy Smith) what happens to the hope at the end of the evening. Tim also writes for younger audiences. A series of plays inspired by Shakespeare’s lesser characters includes I, Malvolio and I, Peaseblossom.  For the RSC Tim has directed The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and I, Cinna (the poet) – all for young audiences.  Directing credits include Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore for the Unicorn Theatre, London, and The Complete Deaths for Spymonkey.  Awards include a Fringe First, two Herald Angels, two Total Theatre awards, the Brian Way award for best children’s play and the 2010 John Whiting award. Tim is published by Oberon Books. He is currently under commission to the Ark, Dublin, the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC.
Theatre includes: Ear For Eye (Royal Court); Dance Nation (Almeida); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jack & the Beanstalk (Lyric, Hammersmith); I Have Mouth & I Will Scream, People Who Need People, Streets (Vaults Festival); Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (National); Primetime (Royal Court); The Taming of the Shrew (Arts); Operation Black Antler (Blast Theory); Merlin (Nuffield); All That Lives (Ovalhouse).
Television includes: The Capture, Afterlife, Will, Bitesize Learning.
Film includes: Soundproof, State Zero, Every Eight Minutes, Samira’s Party.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre.  Previous credits at the Gate include - Effigies of Wickedness (2018), The Tale of the Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014). Other credits include The Wolves (Royal Theatre Stratford East, 2018), a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie(Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth(Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre).
She was awarded an International Artists' Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012; she was the runner up in the JMK Award 2008 and directed A Kind of Alaska at BAC. Her production of Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011. Ellen will direct Our Town at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in 2019. 


Moi Tran is a Visual Artist/Performance maker/Researcher and Designer, her practice is interested in the intersections between Contemporary Art and Performance.
Upcoming Theatre includes: White Pearl(Royal Court); Summer Rolls (Park); Under the Umbrella (Belgrade/Tara Arts);
Recent Theatre includes: Deluge (Hampstead); Roundelay (Southwark); Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth); The Manual Oracle (Yard/Anxiety Festival); Golden Child (New Diorama); Bandages (Corn Exchange, Newbury/Live, Newcastle/UK tour); Meat, The Whiskey Taster (Bush); Emoticon, Kafka Vs Kafka (Jack Studio); Concrete Jungle (Riverside Studios/Tobacco Factory); A Woman of Substance, The Death of Norman Tortilla (Tristan Bates); A Bacchae (Yard); Shrink (Old Red Lion); A Woman Alone (Tabard); Napoli (Leeds Playhouse); Imperial Fizz (Jermyn Street/Edinburgh Festival Fringe); The Jewish Wife (BAC); The Last Days of Limehouse (Limehouse Town Hall/Yellow Earth), Heaven In Berlin, Café Duende (Hobo); Hackney Wicked Festival (Peanut Factory); Kinetic Frentic (Site specific).
Recent Opera includes: The Imperfect Pearl (Corn Exchange Newbury/St Georges/Kings Place London/UK Tour); Falstaff (Opera Berbiguieres, France).
Recent Dance includes: Human Wall (V&A); Genus Classification by Altitude of Occurrence Vertical Series (Gallery 223); Temporality in a Cut (Display Gallery).
Recent Art Performance includes: The Circuit- A Movement Scenario (OvalSpace/Rootstein Hopkins/SPILL). The Other day you sat too far away from me( Henry Moore Courtyard). SLEEP( Live Art Development Agency)
Recent Film includes: Man X (Short), Bites (Short), Kolya (Short animation), Healthy, Join the Dots.
Upcoming Awards/Commissions include: British Council/Taiwan Ministry of Culture Arts and Culture Fellowship in SEA. 2018-2019. Prague Quadrennial 2019.
Recent Awards/Commissions include OV12 Attached Artist. LADA Artist DIY 2018. SPILL Festival 2018. JMK award for Design.
Jon is a composer and sound designer working across theatre, audio drama & VR.

Recent music / sound-scores for theatre include Hamlet (RSC); Spring Storm, Beyond The Horizon and The Holy Rosenbergs (NT); Good Canary (dir. John Malkovich), My Brilliant Friend, Much Ado About Nothing (Rose); Touching The Void, Pink Mist, Medea (Bristol Old Vic), Yerma, Idomeneus (Gate); Bracken Moor, Mermaid (Shared Experience), Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse), Our Country's Good (Ramps On The Moon); (the fall of) the Master Builder (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Mother (Bath Theatre Royal / Kiln), Trouble In Mind (Print Room).

He's also created music / sound designs for dozens of BBC audio dramas and features, most recently Ballad Of the Blade for Radio 4 in collaboration with poet Momtaza Mehri. He's currently working with the BBC on Turning Worlds, the sequel to the VR experience The Turning Forest  which he scored last year.

Elizabeth Chan trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris and at Drama Centre London. Her work in theatre includes MacbethLight Shining in Buckinghamshire and Greenland at the National Theatre; Greg Wohead’s Celebration Florida at Soho Theatre; Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse; Chimerica at the Almeida and in the West End; The Wheel for the National Theatre of Scotland; Into the Numbers at the Finborough; B!irth at the Royal Exchange; The Suger-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie at HighTide; Caught and Hamlet is Dead at the Arcola; Don’t Shoot the Clowns for Fuel; An Argument About Sex at the Traverse and Tramway; Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith. TV includes DoctorsForeign SkiesNo Offence, MotherlandCarters Get RichThe Last DragonslayerLast Tango in HalifaxCucumberHolby CityBlack MirrorCoronation StreetSpirit Warriors and Silent Witness

Ed is a Production Manager working in the UK and Worldwide.

Recent projects include IMPOSSIBLE world tour for Jamie Hendry Productions; MOZART VS. MACHINE for Mahogany; CATHY for Cardboard Citizens; BLACK AND GOLD, a Google Christmas Party at the Roundhouse; a series of STAR WARS launch events for HP and THE GRAND JOURNEY European tour for Bombay Sapphire.

Ed has worked for the Sound departments of the RSC, Royal Ballet, Regents Park Open Air, The Globe, Tricycle and various concert venues. He also dabbles in video design and provides broadcast engineering support for the BBC.

Ed has a Postgraduate Engineering degree from University of Warwick and grew up in London and Norfolk.
Jenny is a freelance stage manager, working mainly in theatre. She also works in music, dance, festival and art events. Additionally, she is Stage Manager for City Academy’s events and showcases. She is thrilled to be returning to The Gate after working on ‘The Unknown Island’ last year.

Further credits include:
The Wolves – Theatre Royal Stratford East; We Know Not What We May Be - METIS (Barbican Pit Theatre); The Peoples Tower - Olivier Grosstete (Birmingham Hippodrome); Proms at St Jude’s Music & Literary Festival (Hampstead); Merchant Of Venice/ Romeo & Juliet/ Poison/ King Lear - Orange Tree Theatre;  City of the Unexpected/ The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (Edinburgh Festival)– National Theatre Wales; Julius Caesar/ Othello – Guildford Shakespeare Company; Cinderella/ Merchant of Venice – Creation Theatre Company; Alice in Wonderland/ Shelf Life – Volcano Theatre Company.
Sally Hardcastle is a performance designer and assistant based in London. Since graduating with a degree in Theatre Design from Rose Bruford College she has worked with organisations including Wild Rumpus, The Bread and Roses Theatre, 42nd Theatre Company, London Bubble and The Redbridge Drama Centre. She has assisted designers including Gary McCann, Hannah Wolfe and Takis. She is also co-founder of new theatre company, Matipo. Sally has a particular interest in new writing and community based theatre. She is currently designing Footprints In The Snow at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Sally is thrilled to be working with Moi Tran on this production of Dear Elizabeth at the Gate Theatre.
Theatre work includes:
The Great Wave (National Theatre), Labour of Love (Noel Coward, West End), New and Now (Royal Court), You For Me For You (Royal Court), You Never Touched Dirt (Royal Court at Edinburgh), The Lulu Plays (Almeida Theatre), Hiawatha (Bristol Old Vic), Global Baby Factory (Yellow Earth Theatre), Summer Rolls (Rich Mix), The Changeling (Finborough Theatre), Rashomon, Scenes from Paradise (Riverside Studios), The Magic Paintbrush, The Snow Lion (Polka Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (UK Tour), Tibetan Inroads (Gate Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Singapore Drama Centre), The Soldier’s Tale (South Bank).
His television work includes:
The Feed (ITV Amazon), Gangs of London (HBO-Sky), As Time Goes By, Love Hurts, Blue Peter, Casualty, The Knock, The Monkey King.
His radio work includes:
At Sea on Inya Lake, Another Land, Our Farther the Mountain, Joy Luck Club.
Yasmin Hafesji is a director and dramaturg. Past dramaturgical credits include Omeros by Derek Walcott (Gate Theatre, 2017). She is currently working with the Lyric Ensemble as Assistant Director (Lyric Hammersmith, 2019) and is the Community Assistant at the Bush Theatre where she supports Community Associate Companies create centrepiece performances with non-professional actors. Yasmin trained under Natalie Abrahami through the Young Vic Intro to Directing Programme.
Lucy is a London based Stage Manager. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with a BA(Hons) in Stage Management. Her work at Central includes Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Deputy Stage Manager) and she interned on Punchdrunk’s Small Wonders. Professional credits include Suffrageddon (Stage Manager) and The House Fairy (Assistant Stage Manager). Lucy is also the co-founder and General Manager of Ondervinden.

Jessica Hung Han Yun is a lighting designer works in theatre, from theatre to dance, circus and installations. Jessica has been nominated for the Off West End Award for Best Lighting Designer 2018.


Lighting Designer credits include: Hive City Legacy (Hot Brown Honey & Roundhouse);The Party’s Over (Nonsuch Theatre Company); Gypsy Disco (Boomtown Festival); Becoming Shades (Chivaree Circus); Nine Foot Nine (Sleepless Theatre Company); The Human Voice (The Gate Theatre); Cuckoo (Metal rabbit productions); Forgotten (Yellow Earth & Moongate); Snowflake (Arts Old fire station); One (Bert&Nasi).

Recent theatre includes: Vessel by Sue MacLaine (BAC), Long Live Queen James directed by Scottee (Whitehall Palace), The Secret Keeper directed by Angela Clerkin & Lucy J Skilbeck (UK Tour), O’Brien in 1984 (Oxford), The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep), Everyone by Jo Clifford (BAC), The Haunting of Hill House directed by Melly Still (Liverpool Playhouse, Sonia Friedman), Early Days of a Better Nation (Coney, UK tour), Chris Goode’s Monkey Bars (Fringe First, Traverse, UK tour), The Bear (ClerkinWorks & Improbable UK tour), and Improbable's Panic (Barbican, Sydney Opera House, UK tour). Other theatre includes shows at Northern Stage, Young Vic, Cottesloe, Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Playhouse, New York off-Broadway, Brisbane Festival, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Curve Leicester, ICA, Almeida, Old Vic. TV includes : Dr Who, Humans, Holby City, EastEnders, Dalziel & Pascoe, My Family, Sugar Rush, The Office & Dean Spanley. Angela runs her own theatre company ClerkinWorks and is an Associate Artist with Chris Goode & Company and Improbable.

17 January – 14 February

Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl

Dear Elizabeth

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  • 17 January - 14 February

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  • 22 January & 23 January

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  • 25 January

Supporters Night
  • 31 January

Caption Night
  • 5 February