Jermyn Street Theatre



By Esther Freud

“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.

Praise for Esther Freud.



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.

Sinéad Cusack plays Lady Anne Tree. One of Britain’s best-loved classical actors, Cusack won an Evening Standard Award and a Critics’ Circle Award for Our Lady of Sligo and has also received two Tony Award nominations and five Olivier Award nominations. Recent theatre includes King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre, soon to transfer to the West End, Splendour at Donmar Warehouse and Other Desert CitiesThe Cherry Orchard and A Winter’s Tale at The Old Vic. Her television appearances includeNorth and South and her film includes HoffmanWaterlandTales from HollywoodStealing BeautyThe Tiger’s TailThe Sea andQueen and Country.

The cast also includes: Martin Docherty (Busby), who has appeared in Annville and Scarfed for Life at the Citizens Theatre, The Hard Man at The Finborough Theatre and Preen Back Yer Legs for the People’s Theatre of Finland. Victoria Elizabeth (Denise), who has appeared in Flush at Matchstick Theatre, and recently appeared in the film Woman in Science. Victoria also appeared in as a transgender teacher in a public information film for LGBTI Awareness for the European Commission.  Trevor Laird (Len), whose theatre credits include One Man Two GuvnorsEnglish People Very Nice and Statement of Regret all for the National Theatre. He has also appeared in Doctor Who (BBC) and William and Mary (ITV). Michael Nardone (Łukasz) has appeared in National Theatre Scotland’s Black WatchPerinanez at The Young Vic, and in This is England (Channel 4) and The Night Manager (BBC)Ewan Stewart (Keith) has appeared in Let The Right One In and Jumpy at The Royal Court, In Time of Strife for National Theatre Scotland and in Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be TrueFrankie Wilson (Tommy) has appeared in Black MirrorCradle to Grave andGrantchester.

Running time around two hours, including an interval.
Parental Guidance:
Children 14yrs and over. Adult themes, Strong Language,  Loud bangs throughout.

Creative Team
Directed by Gaby Dellal
Set and costume design by Liz Cooke
Lighting and video design by William Reynolds
Sound design by Max Pappenheim

Show Times

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Saturday matinees 3.30pm.


£30.00 Please note that after Saturday 9 June, all performances are full price.