The story of Ethel Smyth - composer, writer and suffragette

Following her hugely successful production Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!, Lucy Stevens brings us a new show for 2018 - Ethel Smyth - Grasp the Nettle to coincide with and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, the decisive step in the political emancipation of women in the UK getting the vote.

Ethel Smyth, the composer, writer and suffragette, was the living embodiment of the passion with which Victorian women challenged the "male machine". As an activist, she was imprisoned in Holloway with Mrs Pankhurst and was a lover of Virginia Woolf. As a composer, she wrote the anthem for the suffrage movement The March of the Women as well as composing 6 operas and many sonatas, quartets and song cycles.

In 1902 she was the first female composer to have an opera performed at Covent Garden and, in 1903, she was the first female composer to have an opera performed at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The next opera by a female composer to be performed at Covent Garden was in 2012 and at The Met was in 2016.

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Full price: £10
Under 18s: £5
Family: £22

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