London, 1849. Lizzie is plucked from the obscurity of a bonnet shop to model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – an intoxicating group of young painters bent on revolutionising the Victorian art world. Inspired by their passion, Lizzie throws herself headlong into their lives and their art. She nearly dies in the creation of ‘Ophelia’, but the painting is a triumph. Lizzie wants more and dares to dream of being an artist in her own right. Falling in love with the charismatic Dante Gabriel Rossetti, she becomes his muse, and finally fulfils her dream of being an independent artist. But independence isn’t always what it seems, love can be fickle and all art is a kind of deception. Lizzie is betrayed, and her response sparks a devastating denouement that still stirs debate to this day.
An enigmatic cult figure, Lizzie’s life continues to inspire books, blogs and articles. Lizzie Siddal charts her true and dazzling trajectory from model to lover to artist, to a tragic figure in her own right, bringing her story to life on stage for the very first time.
Emma West (Lizzie Siddal): Recent stage credits include Improbable Fiction at Buxton Opera House and UK Tour, TwoThousandAndSex at Drill Hall, Recipe for a Perfect Wife at King’s Head Theatre and She Stoops to Conquer at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre and UK Tour. Film credits include The Other Boleyn Girl.
Tom Bateman (Dante Gabriel Rosseti): Theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic, The Lion in Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Television includes The Tunnel for Sky Atlantic, Da Vinci’s Demons for BBC Worldwide and Parades End and Spooks for the BBC.
Daniel Crossley (John Ruskin/Charles Howell): Recently starred alongside Adam Cooper and Scarlett Strallen in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Singin’ in The Rain at the Palace Theatre. Other recent credits include Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl at Sheffield Crucible, Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Bert in the UK Tour of Mary Poppins.
Simon Darwen (William Holman Hunt): Recent credits include Virgin at Watford Palace Theatre, King Lear at Theatre Royal Bath, Mad about the Boy at the Young Vic, the UK Tour of Love Love Love by Mike Bartlett and Accolade at the Finborough Theatre.
James Northcote (John Everett Millais): recent stage work includes The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Chichester Festival Theatre, 66 Books at the Bush Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Changeling at Southwark Playhouse. Film credits include Nymphomaniac and Anna Karenina.
Jayne Wisener (Annie Miller): Probably best known for playing Johanna in the film adaptation of Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp. Stage work includes Mary Phagan in Parade at the Donmar Warehouse and Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Recent television work includes London Irish, Misfits and The Inbetweeners, all for Channel 4.
Lizzie Siddal is written by Jeremy Green and directed by Lotte Wakeham with design by David Woodhead and lighting design by Howard Hudson. Produced by Copperhead Productions and Peter Huntley Productions.
24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
Wednesday 20th November to Saturday 21st December 2013
Performances: Monday to Saturday 7:30pm, Saturdays 2:30pm
Tickets: £19, £15 previews/concessions
Pay What You Can: Every Tuesday (except 17th December 2013)
Box Office: 020 7503 1646 and www.arcolatheatre.com
Running time: 130 minutes including an interval
Recommended for ages 12+
Thursday 31st October 2013