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World premiere for Morrisey's Mrs Ruskin



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 TheatreMetropolis.

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 audience acclaim.

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 Gregory Doran.

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 production.

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).

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