World Premiere

Hilda and Virginia

See It Safely
27 February -
3 March 2018


“No one is ever truthful. Everyone shifts, makes shift, is shifty and shiftless together, is a chameleon and a shape-changer.”

Maureen Duffy’s double-bill tells the story of two remarkable women. As the saying goes: well-behaved women don’t make history…

The Choice is the story of a very unsaintly saint. Hilda of Whitby, who brought Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons, was a businesswoman, teacher and adviser to kings. In A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square, Virginia Woolf looks back on her life, uncovering the hidden stories behind her iconic novels. From the torture of depression to the scandal of her lesbian affairs, Virginia goes down fighting.

Playwright, poet, novelist, biographer, Maureen Duffy burst onto the British theatre scene with her National Theatre debut in 1968, Rites. Duffy’s work since includes the hugely influential The Microcosm, and the Londoners trilogy has enshrined her as one of our most important contemporary writers.

Natasha Rickman is Artistic Associate at Jermyn Street Theatre and the co-founder and Director of Women at RADA.


Sarah Crowden
Hilda Of Whitby & Virginia Woolf
Sarah has appeared extensively on film, television and in the theatre, includng at the RSC, Almeida, Royal Court, and Young Vic.

Maureen Duffy
Natasha Rickman
Verity Johnson
Set and costume design
Thom Collins
Lighting design
Anna Clock
Music and sound design


“A medieval Abbess and a modernist writer may seem to have little in common, but here both stand up to louder, stronger male narratives, insisting instead on the validity of their own stories.”
Exeunt Magazine

“Jermyn Street Theatre continues their pursuit of strong women.”
Broadway World

“Two well scripted plays fleshing out deeply contrasting characters.”
Everything Theatre