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The Stepmother

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    This event took place on 6 February - 9 March 2013
    Written by Githa Sowerby
    Directed by Sam Walters
    Designer Katy Mills
    Costume Designer Robyn Wilson
    Lighting Designer Stuart Burgess


    FOUR STARS "It almost defies belief that Githa Sowerby's 1924 drama is only now receiving its British professional premiere... The Stepmother is riveting stuff... If you want good drama in London, head to Richmond."
    Michael Billington - The Guardian
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    FOUR STARS “Walters' astute and deeply involving production... Recommended” Paul Taylor - Independent
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    FOUR STARS "Anyone in need of a reminder of just how much feminism has achieved over the last century should see this play... This production, directed by Sam Walters, is beautifully staged... The cast, too, are excellent." Time Out

    “This is certainly one of the Orange Tree’s finest long-lost revivals, directed by Sam Walters with intelligence and brio, and acted for all its worth by a terrific cast.” The Stage
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    Lois Relph, a young stepmother with two stepdaughters for whom she cares deeply and her own thriving business, appears contented and in charge. But this is 1924, so does she really have control of her own money, or even her life, and what will she be able to do if things are in danger of going wrong both personally and professionally? It needs courage and determination to define what being a wife, mother and businesswoman means and it is not easy. A story whose resonance is still felt today.

    This is the first professional production in the UK of a 1924 play by the author of the acclaimed Rutherford and Son, voted one of the top 100 plays of the 20th century.

    Running time: 2 hrs 35 mins (including interval)

    Photos by Robert Day

    Performed by arrangement with Samuel French.

    Sam Walters talks to Theatre Voice about rediscovering The Stepmother


    Production images by Robert Day

    Find out more about Looking for Githa, Patricia Riley's biography of Sowerby

    Matinees with post-show discussions

    Thu 7 Feb 2.30
    Thu 14 Feb 2.30
    Thu 21 Feb 2.30
    Thu 28 Feb 2.30

    Audio-described performances

    Tue 19 Feb 7.45
    Sat 23 Feb 3.00

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