Your browser (Internet Explorer) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Click here to Learn how to update your browser.

“The story of Ruth Ellis...”

The Thrill of Love

Friday 22 February–Saturday 9 March 2013

A New Vic Theatre production

By Amanda Whittington, directed by James Dacre

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain, convicted of the coldblooded killing of her unfaithful lover. Directed by James Dacre, this gripping new play by the author of the hugely popular Be My Baby takes a new look at the real woman behind the headlines and at the events that drive her to murder.

A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes but not in the way she imagines.

Why does their 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?

Friday 22 February–Saturday 9 March 2013


Photo Gallery

The Thrill of Love Image by Andrew Billington


Star Star Star Star


Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Star Star Star Star

“Killer drama…”

Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail

Latest News

New Vic Theatre announces new adaptation of classic children’s story The Wind In The Willows for Christmas 2018

The New Vic will stage a brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows for Christmas 2018, following on…

Read Article ›

Bassline Circus: Singing Workshop with Eva Lazarus

Love singing and writing music? Join Bassline Circus and singer Eva Lazarus during their residency with NoFit State for a free workshop…

Read Article ›


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO DRAMA CLUB PARENTS:   We have made the decision to cancel tomorrow’s Drama Club (Saturday 3 March) sessions due…

Read Article ›
Today we've loved helping our friends @nwdrama celebrate 10 years of Children's Shakespeare Festivals with lots of…