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Red Ellen performance at Nottingham Playhouse moved to spring 2022

A new play that tells the story of a remarkable woman will now be staged at Nottingham Playhouse in the spring of 2022, rather than this month, as originally planned.

Red Ellen, a new work from the writer Caroline Bird, was scheduled to be the opening production of the autumn 2020 season.

Directed by Wils Wilson, it tells the story of Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson, who, among many notable achievements, battled to save Jewish refugees in Nazi Germany.

Red Ellen will now be performed at Nottingham Playhouse in 2022. (42535116)
Red Ellen will now be performed at Nottingham Playhouse in 2022. (42535116)

She also led 200 workers in the Jarrow crusade ­— a march from Newcastle, through the Midlands to London to deliver a petition to reduce unemployment and poverty.

The play captures her reckless energy and brings to life her inspiring feats of social justice, in an epic tale of one woman’s mission to create a better world... while having affairs with communist spies, government ministers.

It will now be staged at the playhouse in March 2022.

Artistic director, Adam Penford said: “We are disapp- ointed to be postponing Red Ellen, but delighted that it’s being rescheduled for 2022. Our commitment to producing new plays and championing talent remains just as strong, despite the challenges theatres will face going forward.”

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