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Philip Larkin – Celebrating 100 Years

Ben Brown’s play presents a witty, poignant and thought-provoking  examination of the many threads of Larkin’s puzzling personality

This award-winning play examines the time Philip Larkin spent as Librarian at Hull University.  The play hinges on his relationships, and often simultaneous affairs, with a trio of very different  women and how these relationships impacted his outlook and his work. Annabel Miller (Lusus,  BBC Radio 4; Our Town, Rose Theatre; The Opposite Sex, Barnes OSO) will portray Betty Mackereth, Larkin’s secretary, confidant and lover. Annabel most recently starred in all-female  premiere of Mike Poulton’s translation of Schiller’s The Robbers at the Playground Theatre  Chiswick.  

Award-winning Shakespearean Actor Lynne Harrison, who has most recently starred in  Richmond Shakespeare Society’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, will reprise the role of Maeve Brennan from Richmond Shakespeare Society’s 2018 production of Larkin With Women. Philip Larkin’s  enduring companion and partner, Monica Jones, will be played by Mia Skytte. Mia’s credits  include Yelena in Uncle Vanya at Mary Wallace Theatre, The Other Woman in the UK regional  premiere of Jez Butterworth’s The River (for which she won an Arts Richmond Award) and, most  recently, Beverley in Abigail’s Party both at Hampton Hill Theatre. Despite Larkin’s doggedly outdated attitudes, Ben Brown’s play presents a witty, poignant and thought-provoking  examination of the many threads of Larkin’s puzzling personality and offers Monica, Betty and  Maeve as a window into this conundrum. 

Philip Larkin himself will be played by Daniel Wain, who is also producing this production. Daniel  founded Strut & Fret in 1995 and has performed, written and produced for them countless  times in the intervening years. His credits include Under Milk Wood, Baron’s Court Theatre;  Mary Rose, Tabard Theatre and A Body of Water, Arts Theatre. Over the past eleven years,  Daniel has won three Arts Richmond Swan Awards for acting, and been nominated a further  nine times. He also won the NODA Award for Best Actor in London (2019/20) for his  performance in the titular role of King Charles III at Kitson Hall. 

This powerhouse production from five-star company Strut & Fret sits at the heart of the official  Larkin100 programme marking 100 years since Philip Larkin’s birth and is also the only Larkin related play being professionally produced in this centenary year. 2022 is the ideal time to  revive and re-evaluate Larkin With Women in the context of the centenary and changing societal  attitudes. 

Larkin With Women 

Wednesday 31st August to Saturday 17th September 2022

Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm and an additional matinee on Wednesday 14th September at 2.30pm 

Running Time 2 hours 

Box Office Tickets are available from £15