Swive [Elizabeth] Tickets

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London , London, SE1 9DT

Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - -
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday - 19:30
Sunday - -
  • Running Time: TBC
  • Preview From: Fri, 6 December 2019
  • Booking Until: Sat, 15 February 2020

archaictransitive) To copulate with (a woman).
(archaictransitivedialectal ) To cut a crop in a sweeping
or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest.

Sex as power in the reign of Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth was a political mastermind and monarchic force who reigned supreme for 45 years, and yet she still felt that her power ultimately resided in her beauty.

Swive, a new play by award-winning writer Ella Hickson (The Writer, Almeida; ANNA, National Theatre) and directed by Natalie Abrahami (ANNA, National Theatre; Machinal, Almeida), interrogates the power of aesthetics in gaining and maintaining control in a patriarchy.

The power of kings is never predicated on their appearance. In Swive, Hickson shines candlelight on the savage pressure that women are under to sell themselves on their least interesting quality. If beauty is the key to survival, how do you hold on to what time will take away?

‘My mother made a man so lusty that he altered the constitutional history of a country.’

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London , London, SE1 9DT

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Opened in 2014, and named after the Globe’s founder, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse explores the experiences of actors and audiences in indoor playhouses in contrast to the more expansive, public spaces of the open-air theatres like the Globe.

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