2023

Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle – Returning from March …

Gertrude Lawrence: A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening – Coming soon …


Past Performances
2022

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

17 Nov – Stanhope St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope, Weardale, DL13 2UE. “Very classy! Beautifully staged and Lucy and Liz are incredible musicians” Sarah Haynes Promoter Stanhope

18 Nov – Barningham Village Hall, Richmond, County Durham DL11 7DW.

19 Nov – Lazonby Village Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1AQ. “A truly wonderful and emotive evening – a privilege to have an act of such calibre in our village hall!!!” Jill Eastham Promoter Lazonby

11 Nov – London School of Economics, Shaw Library, Old Building, Holborn, London. “The wonderful Lucy Stevens and Elizabeth Marcus in the brilliant and moving Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel…fits the LSE Shaw Library perfectly” Maria Bell Learning and Engagement Manager, LSE

6 Nov – Acorn Penzance, Penzance Cornwall. “Amazing show! Very talented performers and brilliantly put together. Brava!” Alice Dennis BEM

4 Nov – Into Bodmin The Old Library, Bodmin, Cornwall. “A seamless, powerful, intelligent performance that is an education.” @Literallyvital1

14 Oct – North East Arts Touring Phoenix Arts Centre, Newton Dee Village, Aberdeen. “Totally mesmerising, couldn’t take my eyes off Virginia!” Terhi Geider

25 Sept – Rottingdean Arts Festival 3pm Rottingdean, Brighton. “A profound and captivating play … every word is Woolf, but Lucy has crafted her fiction and diaries into a moving piece which explores her creativity, wit, feminism, family, mental health and the beauty of her writing. Accompanied expertly on the piano by Liz Marcus.” Sarah-Louise Young

23 July – Church Stretton Arts Festival Silvester Horne Institute, Shropshire. “Fabulous evening at Church Stretton Arts Festival, with the magnificently talented duo Lucy Stevens and Liz Marcus. Absolutely loved it.” Kath Hopcroft

15 July – The Exchange Twickenham London Road. “Astonishing performance by Lucy Stevens … a standing ovation in the Exchange. Deeply moving and utterly wonderful.” Paul Browne

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

3 June Aldeburgh Fringe Festival The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh. “Funny, absorbing and ultimately tragic: Lucy Stevens captured all of the hearts at The Pumphouse tonight with Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!” Britten Pears Arts

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

4 May – The Forum Tunbridge Wells, The Common, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. “A great show – I went home thinking about women’s role in literature and war.” Carolyn Gray

23 April – Black Country Touring Blackheath Library, Blackheath, Birmingham

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

21 March – Theatre Royal Norwich Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institute “I was so busy applauding at the end of Lucy’s magnificent performance” “entertainment was amazing!

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

30 Jan – Dorchester Corn Exchange Dorset. “A stunning portrayal by Lucy Stevens of Virginia Woolf and the accompanying music … A truly wonderful evening.”

2021

25 Nov – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth.

24 Nov – The Guildhall Arts Center, Grantham. “Absolutely brilliant”

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

15 Nov – Wimbledon International Music Festival St John’s Church, Wimbledon. “‘Whattashow!’ I loved it. Lucy Stevens presented a pitch-perfect portrayal of Kathleen Ferrier – but when she started singing I was stunned – Her rich, fruity, contralto voice was spine-tingling! I see that Ms Stevens has had both acting and singing training – and it showed. But all the training in the world can not create such a naturally gifted and talented performer like this … A genuine treat.”

Nonsense Songs from Alice in Wonderland by Liza Lehmann

6 Nov – V&A Museum Recital Room & Cafe, event in Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser Exhibition.

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

30 Oct – Lighthouse Theatre Poole, Dorset. “An outstanding performance … one of the best things we have ever seen in the theatre.” Lewis Bell

24 Oct – Blackheath Halls London. “Superb production … from conception to enactment, and represents the best of live theatre! What a joy!” Hilary De Santos

14 Oct – Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester. “a most extraordinary evening … challenging, enlightening, entertaining, chilling, informative, alluring, beautiful, funny and deeply inspiring … like floating on top of a wave – joyous one moment and dashed onto the pebbles the next. We felt drawn into [Virginia Woolf’s] stream of consciousness – sometimes playful, sometimes heart-rending.” Helen Williams

Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle / Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

July 12 – 15 Deal Music Arts Festival 2021 “Each festival we have a few things that stand out this year, without doubt, [Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle & Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel] have made a profound impression.  It is as if we were in the presence of these great ladies.  Elizabeth sensitive accompanying was utterly brilliant, thus heightening the dramatic impact hugely.  An experience that will stay with us for a long time to come.” Paul Max Edlin Artistic Director Deal Music & Arts

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

July 3 – London Song Festival Hinde Street, London. “Utterly absorbing and brilliantly done!” Anthony Ingle Utterly brilliant performance – the whole audience was spellbound throughout. So wonderful to hear all those rarely heard song gems by women composers too.” Nigel Foster LSF Director

2020

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

October 24 & 25Bloomsbury Festival – Holy Cross Church, London WC1 “I’m buzzing after seeing Lucy Stevens new play #KillingtheAngel. The script is entirely extracted from Virginia Woolf’s novels, essays & life writing, with insight into Woolf’s groundbreaking feminist work in the context of her patriarchal upbringing. Don’t miss this!!!” Lana Bode

March 15 – North London Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London “This was such a great show Lucy Stevens amazing performance as Virginia Woolf and well deserved standing ovation at Lauderdale House” Mrs Shaw Herself

March – Stamford Arts Centre St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs. “Dramatic and informative telling of this compelling story. The music included a wide variety of songs, Lucy with a warm, rich contralto voice and even an extract from Beethoven’s opus 111 piano sonata, beautifully played by Liz Marcus.  I came away with new insights into the complex character of one of our literary greats and enthused to read and learn more”. Martin Fellows

March – Redbridge Drama Centre, East London “A stunning piece of research, writing, acting singing and production – and unearthing some little known aspects of VW’s life. A valuable contribution. Brava” Janet Gibson, Convenor of the Opera All Party Parliamentary Group

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

Jan 24 – N. Buckinghamshire Women’s Institute, Newton Longueville, Bucks. “What a voice and what a presentation.  Funny at times, touching at other times, a fascinating glimpse into the life of this wonderful singer.  A fantastic afternoon’s entertainment”  Jenny Street, Trustee & Chairman Bucks Federation of Women’s Institutes

2019

3 Nov – Blackheath Halls, Blackheath, London.  “It’s so rare to see a show that is both theatrically incredible and academically rigorous, and I’m really excited now to see your Woolf show!” Lana Bode

Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle

North East Arts Touring, Aberdeen.
27 Sept – The Phoenix Centre, Newton Dee.
28 Sept – Hay Memorial Hall, Cornhill. “A jewel of an event  – wouldn’t have missed it for the world – what a voice, what a performance.” “Quite simply astonishing!”

Cambridge
19 Sept – Stapleford Granary
  “Enjoyed it tremendously. Astounded by your vocal range and by your memory! So informative too.”  Sarah Maxwell @drsarahmaxwell

Florence, Italy.
26 May – The Loggia, San Francesco di Paola, Florence.
“Fantastic performance by Lucy and Liz in Grasp the Nettle. 4 curtain calls and a standing ovation. Bravissime.” Janet Gibson Convenor of the Opera all Party Parliamentary Group

London
23 March – Blackheath Halls
, Blackheath London.
“A spectacular performance. A brilliant conception magnificently presented – fascinating, funny, deeply moving. and full of beautiful music to treasure.” Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano.

The Songs of Ethel Smyth
London School of Economics, Shaw Library, Holborn.
12 March – A Recital of Ethel Smyth Songs, Elizabeth Marcus (piano) “A wonderful performance of Ethel Smyth’s astonishingly complex and subtle songs ~ a privilege to have had a preview of the CD.” Farquhar McKay Director, The Opera Cabaret Company

Dorset
15 February – Dorchester Arts Corn Exchange. “Still thinking about – and humming from Lucy Stevens’ brilliant ‘Grasp the Nettle’. It was moving and funny and so well performed.”  Mary Lester

Isle of Wight
16 February – Quay Arts, Newport Harbour.  “A magnificent performance. Your singing and acting, together with your fine accompanist, made for a most illuminating and revealing evening.”  Richard Benger

2018

House of Commons, London
30 October  Speaker’s House. For The Opera all Party Parliamentary Group
“I found it not only riveting but also very moving. You expressed so eloquently Dame Ethel’s love of life, passion for music and her active role in women’s suffrage…your attention to the text both as an actor and a singer were pitched to perfection.”  Siva Oke Managing Director SOMM Recordings

Milton Court Concert Hall
3 October  Silk Street, London
“What a stupendous evening! Just genius writing, brilliant and refreshing, this vivid portrait of someone so unburdened by the conventions of her time…your voice is a powerful and beautiful instrument brilliantly played! We want to see it all over again!” Ruth Crow

The St Marylebone Festival
26 July  St Marylebone Church, London  “Reading about Ethel Smyth recently and seeing the amazing performance of Lucy Stevens at Marylebone Festival (in Grasp the Nettle) I am left with the distinct impression that I was in the presence of Smyth herself. Brava.” Janet Gibson Convenor of the Opera all Party Parliamentary Group

Cambridge
16 July  Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes

Hitchin Festival
7 July  Woodside Hall, Hitchin
“Fabulous evening. Very entertaining & informative. So nice to hear contralto singing.” Patricia clegg

London School of Economics
4 July  LSE Shaw Library, Old Building, Holborn
“Absolutely superb performance by Lucy Stevens of Ethel Smyth’s life & work for LSE Library.” Dr Debbie Challis

English Music Festival
28 May  Silk Hall, Radley College, Oxfordshire.
“Can’t recommend Lucy Stevens play with music about Ethel Smyth highly enough. Superb acting and vocal performances and some exceptional navigation of fiendish piano reductions by Elisabeth Marcus. Funny, touching and uplifting – A must see!” Light Music Society

Sandstone Ridge Festival
20 May  Tattenhall, Chester.
“Thoroughly recommend this entertaining moving and compelling show. Told in the composer’s words and brilliantly constructed and performed.”  Martin Bussey Conductor/Composer

Northumberland – Highlights Tour
26 April  St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
28 April  The Cheviot Centre, Wooler
29 April  Lesbury Village Hall

“absolutely amazing, so inspirational- thank you so much …so lucky to be able to experience exceptional shows in a friendly, intimate atmosphere in such beautiful locations. A truly magical theatre experience.” Audience member

Cumbria – Arts Out West Tour
20 April  Ireby
21 April  Gosforth
27 April  Wreay Village Hall
“…inspired performance, captures Ethel with such a compelling mix of humour, strident determination – and integrity, intensity, vision – of a soul shot through with subtle affection. It made for a brilliantly varied evening and we loved it. The music was a revelation, large enough for a vast space and then suddenly intimate, and unexpectedly lyrical, rendered so beautifully.” Rosemary Pavey

Tunbridge Wells
18 April  The Forum. “Fantastic evening, wonderful musical range and riveting account of Ethel Smyth’s life as well as her contribution to the women’s suffrage campaigns…unforgettable.” Mary Carol Wilson

Woking
11 March  Rhoda McGaw Theatre 
“Grasp the Nettle was truly wonderful, dramatic, skillful, accomplished and overall simply rather brilliant. Thank you for opening my eyes to the talent and life of Ethel Smyth… an incredibly virtuosic, dynamic and engaging performance.” Dr. Amy Bebbington

Hemel Hempstead
3 March  The Old Town Hall. “A tremendously thought provoking and moving show.  Lucy’s performance; such brilliant acting and her beautiful voice!” Audience member.

Cambridge
15 February  Rayner Centre
“Another absolute triumph!  Your combined musical skills are tremendous.  Last night you gave us an extraordinary insight into the life and music of a truly remarkable woman.  It was magical, moving and totally engrossing.”  Nick Barnes Chairman & Programme Secretary, The Arts Society, South Cambs

Cornwall
8 February   Sterts Studio, Liskeard.
9 February   The Acorn, Penzance.
10 February The Poly, Falmouth
“…a very powerful performance, fascinating character portrayed, and also the sensitive and skilled piano accompaniment.” Acorn Theatre Trustee

London
1 February    Redbridge Drama Centre, 
We were enraptured by the show. What a brilliant new play. What an outstanding actress!  I felt like I had met Ethel.  I would love to see it all again.”

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! 2018

Church Stretton Arts Festival
1 August  Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire.  “Just riveting – the time flew by. We have seen many high calibre performances at the festival over the years, and you and your wonderful pianist are right up there.” Steve Baker

The St Marylebone Festival
25 July St Marylebone Parish Church, London.  “Lucy Stevens as Kathleen Ferrier in Whattalife! Talented actress, writer and whattavoice! with brilliant Elizabeth Marcus at piano. Whattanevening! See them whenever you can. Unmissable.”  Janet Gibson Convenor of the Opera all Party Parliamentary Group