World Premiere


30 May -
23 June 2018


“Nothing can go missing. No wool, no kits. Especially no needles.”

Lady Anne Tree – one of the most aristocratic women in England – spent her life in prisons. As a visitor, she saw first-hand the aggression, low self-esteem, and high reoffending rates among the most hardened criminals. Lady Anne thought she had the answer. She would teach them needlecraft.

Based on a true story, this is an inspiring and heartwarming debut play by best-selling novelist Esther Freud, directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Gaby Dellal.

Esther Freud’s first novel Hideous Kinky was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. Granta named her one of the Best Young Novelists under 40. She has since written seven novels, including The Sea House, Love Falls, Lucky Break and most recently Mr Mac & Me.

Gaby Dellal is a British director of film, television and theatre based in America. She won a Best Film BAFTA for On a Clear Day. Her most recent feature film, Three Generations, starred Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.


Martin Docherty
Martin has had regular roles on the BBC programmes River City and Dear Green Place.
Victoria Elizabeth
In addition to being an actress, Victoria is a skilled magician and comedian—talents featured in Art on the Underground.
Frankie Wilson
Frankie has been seen on TV in Black Mirror and Call the Midwife and onstage at the Young Vic.
Trevor Laird
Trevor has performed in several productions at the NT, including the Broadway transfer of One Man Two Guvnors.
Michael Nardone
Michael appeared in the HBO show Rome and has performed at the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum and the Young Vic.
Ewan Stewart
Ewan has been seen at the NT and National Theatre Scotland.
Sinéad Cusack
Lady Anne Tree
In addition to her extensive work in film and television, Sinéad has appeared on stage at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, RSC and the Globe.

Esther Freud
Gaby Dellal
Liz Cooke
Set and costume design
William Reynolds
Lighting design
Max Pappenheim
Music and sound design
Cydney Uffindell-Phillips
Movement direction


“An enjoyable, fascinating and thought-provoking production.”
Everything Theatre
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“A superbly gifted writer.”
The New York Times

In praise of Esther Freud
“Fresh, witty, involving and touching.”
The Independent

Praise for Esther Freud’s writing