Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

A one-woman play with music created by Lucy Stevens

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.

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’ 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”.

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 – 2020

Postponed to 2021 June 3 – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, LN11 0BX

Postponed to 2021 June 4 – Grantham The Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, NG31 6PZ

Postponed to 2021 June 10 – Theatre Royal Winchester Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Postponed to 2021 June 11 – Poole Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

Postponed to 2021 June 12 – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HF

Postponed to 2021 June 25 – London School of Economics The Shaw Library, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE

Postponed to 2021 June 30 – Deal Music Arts Festival

Postponed to 2021 – July – Hitchin Festival St Mary’s Church, Churchyard, Hitchin, SG5 1HP

Postponed to 2021 August 5 – Shropshire Church Stretton Arts Festival

September 19 – Cambridge Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford CB22 5BP

September 23 – Tunbridge Wells The Forum, Kent.

November 13 – London Song Festival, Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ

Past Performances 2020

March 15 – North London Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London “This was such a great show @ontourwithlucy amazing performance as Virginia Woolf and well deserved standing ovation @LauderdaleHouseMrs 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

Contact – information and bookings

Penny Mayes (producer)  call +44 7790 456169

Lucy Stevens