A NEW play about Ellen Terry - who gave birth to Edward Gordon Craig - will be performed on Sunday as part of Stevenage Festival.

Ellen – Her Triumphant Women explores the Victorian actress’s remarkable life, relationships and views on acting through her interpretations of Shakespeare’s feisty, troubled, down-trodden, complex, witty and sometimes triumphant heroines.

As Ellen prepares to bring Shakespeare’s women to life in her lecture tour, the characters spar with fathers, lovers, husbands, Bernard Shaw and Henry Irving.

Honest, moving and witty, this play explores the complex interactions between a ‘modern’ woman, Victorian celebrity and Shakespeare’s art in an extraordinary life.

Devised by the actors Helen Cartwright and Lucy Tuck with further exploration from Alan Mooney; directed by Kath Burlinson and written by Ros Connelly.

The Lytton Centre, in Vardon Road, Stevenage, will host two performances at 2pm and 5pm with tickets priced at �6.

To book call the Stevenage Music Centre 01438 351138 or for more information call Hilary Spiers on 01438 350217.

To find out more see www.nickellis.co.uk/EllenTerry/index.html