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Swive (Elizabeth)
23 Thursday 23 Mar, 2023 - Saturday 25 Mar, 2023

Thursday 23 March to Saturday 25 March



7:30 pm

Swive (Elizabeth)

Venue: The Georgian Theatre Royal

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Elizabeth I is the only unmarried woman to have ever ruled England. And she reigned for forty-four years. Mastermind. Seductress. Survivor.

Created by award-winning writer Ella Hickson and director Natalie Abrahami, Swive [Elizabeth] shines a light on the ways and means by which women in power negotiate patriarchal pressure in order to get their way. 

RADS present this searing play that deals with history you’ll probably know, from angles you might not. It follows the harsh, morally compromised scrabble to the top that Elizabeth fought, manoeuvring around the machinations of siblings and relatives who saw her very existence as a threat.

Ella Hickson says that Swive [Elizabeth] aims “to throw light on contemporary issues by looking through a historical prism”. It premiered in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in December 2019.

'My mother seduced a man so successfully that he altered the constitutional history of this country.’

Tickets cost from £14 to £17 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or online at

Thursday 23 March to Saturday 25 March


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