VITA AND VIRGINIA

Ambassadors Theatre, West End

Chichester Festival Theatre 

By Eileen Atkins

Starring Eileen Atkins and Penelope Wilton Directed by Patrick Garland

Lighting by Mark Henderson

Sound by Tom Lishman.

Photography by John Timbers

Starring Penelope Wilton and Eileen Atkins, Vita and Virginia dramatised the 20 years of correspondence between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf between 1922 and 1941. 

It was first on at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End. 

'Lucy Hall's designs show a torrent of books and letters frozen in motion, a perfect metaphor for a script where real life has been suspended in favour of the abstractions of the written word' - Nick Curtis, Evening Standard

'On Lucy Hall's lovely blue set, both writers are largely abstracted from the rest of their lives. ' - Paul Taylor, The Independent

'The dialogue is like Lucy Hall's set, lush and beautiful.'

Louise Doughty, The Daily Telegraph

'It's a strongly visual play. In Patrick Garland's fine production, the very absence of a large-scale action makes you concentrate all the more on small gestures - a pencil being sharpened,  a cigarette being lit - and on Lucy Hall's excellent costumes and set (a deep blue sky, a barricade of books strewn along one side of the stage). - John Gross, Sunday Telegraph