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New Vic show to transfer to London!

The New Vic is delighted to announce its world-premiere production of The Thrill of Love, the new play by acclaimed playwright Amanda Whittington, will be transferring to London.

The gripping new play, which opens at the New Vic on Friday 22 February, tells the story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain after being convicted of killing her unfaithful lover.

After visiting the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 13 to 23 March, the production will be transferring to St James Theatre, London, from Wednesday 27 March to Saturday 4 May.

By the author of the popular Be My Baby, The Thrill of Love is directed by the New Vic’s former Artistic Associate James Dacre (As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) and takes a new look Ruth Ellis’ story behind the headlines and the events that drove her to murder.

A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. When she becomes obsessed with the wealthy, womanising David, fame comes but not in the way she imagines.

Inspector Gale is on the track of the truth: why does her relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And just who is she trying to protect? 

Amanda Whittington said about the new play: “I have always been interested in the stories of women and stories of injustice so naturally I was interested in the Ruth Ellis story.

“She was an East End hostess in a nightclub in the West End and this notorious criminal moment in her life changed everything. We know what she did, I wanted to know why she did it.”

Tickets for the New Vic run are priced from £12 to £21 and are available by telephoning the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at



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