Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Sat 30 – Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG Tickets


Nonsense Songs from Alice in Wonderland by Liza Lehmann

Sat 6 – V&A Museum Recital Room, event with Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser Exhibition.

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

Mon 15 – Wimbledon International Music Festival

St John’s Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4NZ Tickets

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Wed 24 – The Guildhall Arts Center, Grantham, St Peter’s Hill NG31 Tickets

Thurs 25 – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth. LN11 Tickets



Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Wed 26 – Bucks Federation of Women’s Institude Longueville Hall.

Sun 30 (TBC) – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorset DT1 1HF


Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

Mon 21 – Theatre Royal Norwich Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institude


Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

Fri 3 (TBC) – Aldeburgh Festival, The Pumphouse, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh.


Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Sat 23 – Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire Hills.

Past Performances

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

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: an Illustrated Talk with Songs / 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 … Informing us about the need to champion the music and art of women far more boldly.  Times are changing … Thank you for helping make that change so magnificently.” 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 – a very special afternoon.” Nigel Foster LSF Director


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!

24 Jan – 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


3 Nov – Blackheath Halls, 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!”

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

23 March Blackheath Halls.
“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

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


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

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

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.

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

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

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