Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

A one-woman play with music created by Lucy Stevens
“Utterly absorbing and brilliantly done!

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries – much of which is out of print and rarely performed.

“A stunning portrayal by Lucy Stevens of Virginia Woolf … A truly wonderful evening.” Dorchester Arts

Through Woolf’s writing, it reveals her troubled childhood and her views on literature, Bloomsbury and the challenges women face as artists.

Laura Doddington Photography

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel’ is the latest collaboration between professional actor and classical singer, Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus, a Fellow and Professor of Harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music. Following their previous acclaimed plays about women in music: ‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’ & ‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’

Being Human Festival 2019

Audience responses to performed excerpts on 20 November 2019 in the Shaw Library, London School of Economics.

Laura Doddington Photography

Performance DiaryVirginia Woolf: Killing the Angel


No performances planned – Please contact Penny Mayes (producer)  call +44 7790 456169 for future bookings.

Past Performances


Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

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

18 Nov – Barningham Village Hall, Richmond, County Durham.

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

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.

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 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

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

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


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

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

30 Oct – Lighthouse 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: 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


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

‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’ Superb acting and vocal performances … Funny, touching and uplifting – A must see!”  Light Music Society.
‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’ “ … superbly gifted, Lucy Stevens, with a voice of this calibre, it would be easy for a singer to indulge, but Whattalife! is a seamless balance of speech and music”.

Contact – information and bookings

Penny Mayes (producer)  call +44 7790 456169

Lucy Stevens