A unique all-day dramatization of Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece.

Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves is the story of six friends as they travel through life, growing apart, falling in love, finding each other–bound together by their shared pasts. Widely hailed as a masterpiece, it was voted amongst the fifteen all-time best English novels in a BBC poll.

Inspired by a suggestion from one of the world’s leading Woolf scholars, Dame Gillian Beer, Artistic Director Tom Littler dramatizes the novel to extraordinary effect.

Over the course of a single day, with breaks for lunch and dinner, six actors will read every word of The Waves.

Starring Caroline Blakiston, Charlotte Hamblin, Anthony Howell,  Nicholas Le Prevost, Linda Marlowe,  Robin Morrissey.

The proceeds from these evenings fund employment opportunities for early career artists – including directors, designers and writers – at Jermyn Street Theatre. The reading of The Waves will help to fund the production of Maureen Duffy’s Hilda and Virginia, which runs 27 February – 3 March.

We have suggested three levels of donation – as we want these events to be accessible and you will be helping us to give early career artists the break they need.

The event is free to attend – you can book as normal, or call the box office to add your name to the list. You can stay for the whole day, or watch any part of it. Seating is unreserved.

Show Times

All Day event with breaks for lunch and dinner (11am/3pm/7pm)


Suggested Donations of £25/£50/£100

If you wish to donate a different amount, please call the box office. 0207 287 2875.