Vita and Virginia

Tue 22nd – Sat 26th May 2012


“Based on the correspondence of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf”

ElevenOne Theatre


“Love me one trifle less now that Orlando is dead, you shall never set eyes on me again... I won’t be fictitious. I won’t be loved solely in an astral body, or in Virginia’s world.”

A forbidden affair and a lasting friendship... the relationship between novelist Virginia Woolf and aristocratic socialite Vita Sackville-West spanned two decades and had a profound impact on both their lives. From unlikely beginnings, the tempestuous romance between the passionate diplomat’s wife and the troubled author developed to become an extraordinary relationship – and the inspiration for a masterpiece of modern literature: Orlando.

Eileen Atkins’ supremely skilful adaptation takes the letters Virginia and Vita exchanged and weaves them together into a witty, intimate conversation, telling their story in their own words. Revealing and searingly honest, Vita and Virginia sheds light on the inner lives of two remarkable women, and the fascinating worlds they lived in.

For its fifth production, ElevenOne Theatre has set Vita and Virginia in the elegant surrounds of Lady Margaret Hall's Old Library: a romantic room with glorious views over the gardens towards the Cherwell river.

Admission: £13(£11) – £20(£18)

Old Library

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