Ellen Terry


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Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins shines a light on Shakespeare's portrayal of women with two addresses that remain as timeless and relevant as when they were first delivered over 100 years ago.

Ellen Terry was born into a family of actors in the mid-1800s and was still a child when she first began acting in Shakespearean plays. She eventually joined the company run by actor-manager Henry Irving and for more than two decades was considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

In 1910 Terry embarked on a tour of America, delivering a series of lectures on Shakespeare's heroines. On her return to England, she continued to present these lectures between regular stage appearances over the next few years.

The performance takes place at Theatre on the Fly, a temporary new pop-up stage built on Oaklands Park, next to the existing Festival and Minerva Theatres.


Dame Eileen Atkins

Dame Eileen Atkins appearing at this event

Dame Eileen Atkins is a three-time Olivier award-winning actress. She is known for her BAFTA and Emmy award-winning performance in Cranford, as well as roles in film including Gosford Park, The Hours and Robin Hood. Her many stage appearances include Honour, Retreat from Moscow and Ellen Terry and she appeared as Queen Mary in Netflix's The Crown.

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Chichester Festival Theatre

  • Oaklands Park
  • Chichester
  • PO19 6AP

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