Preview by Paul Nelson
THEATREMetropolis presents the world premiere of Mrs Ruskin,
by Kim Morrissey, and directed by Jacqui Somerville, from Friday,
September 12, to Sunday, October 5, at the Warehouse Theatre,
Dingwall Road, Croydon. Tickets 020 8680 4060
Discover the truth about Victorian values.
It is 1853. Eminent historian and art critic, John Ruskin, is
living in Herne Hill with his young wife, Effie, under the ever-watchful
eye of his mother, Margaret. Into their lives come Sophie Gray,
Effie's insightful ten-year-old sister and John Everett Millais,
the enigmatic pre-Raphaelite painter.
Ruskin soon becomes the young artist's mentor, and Effie his
model. That Summer, they leave London together, and travel to
a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands - a visit that leads
to a traumatic and shocking conclusion.
Written by one of Canada's most exciting writers, Kim Morrissey,
this explosive new play has been a yearlong collaboration with
Kim's previous award-winning plays include Dora and Clever
As Paint (a recommended Open University set text). Mrs
Ruskin has the support of the Canadian High Commission and
is being studied, as it is written, by University students in
Toronto and Europe.
TheatreMetropolis has a reputation for staging provocative international
theatre never before seen in the UK. Previous work has been awarded
Time Out and Telegraph Critics' Choice, as well as receiving great
The production is directed by Jacqui Somerville, who has had
an extensive theatre career working alongside acclaimed directors
Max Stafford-Clark, Declan Donnellan and, most recently, with
A Scotsman Fringe First Winner for her production of Tonight
I'm Entertaining Richard Gere and Time Out Critics' Choice
for last years acclaimed Swollen Tongues; Jacqui has been
awarded the prestigious Rose Bruford director's bursary for this
TheatreMetropolis presents the world premiere of this provocative
new play at the Warehouse Theatre Croydon. With interest from
theatres in Britain and North America, a tour is to be planned
for next year.
Our picture shows: Amy Oliver (Effie Ruskin) and, to her left,
Michael Yale (John Ruskin).