adapted from the Sarah Waters

Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 2009. Photo: Johanna Town.

Oyster girl Nancy Astley meets male impersonator Kitty Butler: falls in love, joins her music hall act and takes an exhilarating journey to the high and low-life of Victorian London. Tipping the Velvet conjures an intoxicating world of ‘grease-paint, wood and spilling beer, of gas and tobacco and hair-oil combined … the essence not of pleasure but of grief.’ From West End renter to East End ‘tom’, Nancy’s rites-of-passage tale comes richly to life in the first ever stage version of Sarah Water’s joyous novel.

Showcased by Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

October 2009.

Director: Kath Rogers

Designer: Tom Rogers

Lighting: Johanna Town


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