Tipping the Velvet (play)

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Tipping the Velvet
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Written by Laura Wade
Date premiered 28 September 2015 (2015-09-28)
Place premiered Lyric Hammersmith
Setting 1887, Victorian England

Tipping the Velvet is a play based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Sarah Waters, adapted for the stage by Laura Wade. It received its world premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, in September 2015, before transferring to the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh the following month with whom it is a co-production.

Play (theatre) form of literature intended for theatrical performance

A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading. Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, to Community theatre, as well as university or school productions. There are rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference as to whether their plays were performed or read. The term "play" can refer to both the written texts of playwrights and to their complete theatrical performance.

<i>Tipping the Velvet</i> book by Sarah Waters

Tipping the Velvet (1998) is a historical novel by Sarah Waters; it is her debut novel. Set in England during the 1890s, it tells a coming of age story about a young woman named Nan who falls in love with a male impersonator, follows her to London, and finds various ways to support herself as she journeys through the city. The picaresque plot elements have prompted scholars and reviewers to compare it to similar British urban adventure stories written by Charles Dickens and Daniel Defoe.

Sarah Waters novelist

Sarah Waters is a Welsh novelist. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.

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Production history

Tipping the Velvet has been adapted for the stage by Laura Wade, based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Sarah Waters. [1] The novel was previously adapted into a BBC television series in 2002. [2] On 14 April 2015, it was announced the play would receive its world premiere the same year and would begin previews at the Lyric Hammersmith on 18 September 2015, with an official opening night on 28 September, booking for a limited period until 24 October. [3] The adaption had been in production for around four years. [4]

Laura Wade is an English playwright.

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<i>Tipping the Velvet</i> (TV series) 2002 film directed by Geoffrey Sax

Tipping the Velvet is a 2002 BBC television drama serial based on the best-selling debut novel by Sarah Waters of the same name. It originally screened in three episodes on BBC Two and was produced for the BBC by the independent production company Sally Head Productions. It stars Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, and Jodhi May.

The play is directed by Lyndsey Turner, [5] with choreography by Alistair David, [6] design by Lizzie Clachan, [7] lighting design by Jon Clark, [6] music by Michael Bruce [6] and sound by Nick Manning. [6] Following its premiere production the play is scheduled to transfer to the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Lyceum Theatre company, [8] where it will run from 28 October to 14 November 2015. [9] A typical performance runs two hours and 54 minutes, including one interval of 20 mins. [10]

Royal Lyceum Theatre theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Royal Lyceum Theatre is a 658-seat theatre in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, named after the Theatre Royal Lyceum and English Opera House, the residence at the time of legendary Shakespearean actor Henry Irving. It was built in 1883 by architect C. J. Phipps at a cost of £17,000 on behalf of James B. Howard and Fred. W. P. Wyndham, two theatrical managers and performers whose partnership became the renowned Howard & Wyndham Ltd created in 1895 by Michael Simons of Glasgow.

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Entr'acte means "between the acts". It can mean a pause between two parts of a stage production, synonymous to an intermission, but it more often indicates a piece of music performed between acts of a theatrical production.

Speaking about her novel being adapted Waters said she was "thrilled" and that she could "think of no better setting for the play than the lush Lyric interior or the beautiful Lyceum in Edinburgh, and no more exciting creative talents than those of writer Laura Wade and director Lyndsey Turner." [11] In addition Sean Holmes the artistic director of the Lyric speaking about what he commissioned the piece said that “What’s so brilliant about the novel is it is such an upfront, unapologetic celebration of sexuality that just happens to be between two women. “Obviously it’s set at a time when that’s frowned upon but it’s also just really about the journey to love and sexual discovery and the massive, formative journey that applies to everyone, whatever your sexuality is, and yet you never see portrayed between gay women.” [4]

Principal roles and original cast

CharacterLyric Hammersmith performer [12] [13]
Nancy AstleySally Messham [14]
Kitty Butler Laura Rogers [14]
Walter BlissJared Ashe
Diana Lethaby Kirsty Besterman
ChairmanDavid Cardy
Mother/Dendy/Mrs. Jex/AnnieAmanda Hadingue
Sweet AliceRu Hamilton
Florence BannerAdelle Leonce
Ralph BannerAndy Rush
BlakeSarah Vezmar

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