by St John Ervine

Tuesday, 23 April – Saturday, 18 May 2019

The first London production for over 75 years

“I used to think you were so fine before I married you.”

London, 1913.

Travelling salesman Henry Clegg has taken his wife, Jane, for granted for most of their marriage, as she endures his dishonesty, infidelity and neglect, as well as his demanding mother. 

But when Henry is accused of embezzling money from his firm and his latest affair is revealed, Jane realises she must finally escape her life of domestic abuse for herself and her children...only to find that for women without money and connections breaking free isn’t so easy.

Written in 1913 at the height of the campaign for votes for women, Jane Clegg premiered at Manchester’s famous Gaiety Theatre, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre – where it was compared to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Dame Sybil Thorndike created the title role and performed it all over the world, including in a BBC Radio broadcast in 1967.

Unseen in London since 1944, Jane Clegg now receives a long-overdue new production, directed by renowned director David Gilmore. The Finborough Theatre has also previously rediscovered two acclaimed plays by St John Ervine, most notably his play Mixed Marriage in 2011.


Playwright St John Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist, biographer and critic. Born in East Belfast to a Protestant family, he was for a time an unlikely choice as Literary Manager at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under W. B. Yeats. His many plays include Mixed Marriage (1911) and John Ferguson (1915), both of which were also recently rediscovered by the Finborough Theatre. In later life, Ervine turned his back on Ireland and its politics, serving in the First World War (where he lost a leg). He settled in England where he became a West End dramatist of drawing room comedies, as well as a noted drama critic for The Observer and The Morning Star, and a biographer of both Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw.


Director David Gilmore has directed seventeen West End productions including the original award-winning productions of Daisy Pulls It Off and Lend Me a Tenor, and the award-winning musical The Hired Man by Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall, all produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. His production of Grease (Dominion Theatre, Cambridge Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre) recently completed an almost unbroken UK run of 20 years, and has also played in many European and Asian cities. Other West End productions include Beyond Reasonable Doubt, the long-running hit starring Frank Finlay (Queen’s Theatre); Radio Times starring Tony Slattery (Queen’s Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Griff Rhys Jones (Queen’s Theatre); Neil Simon’s Chapter Two starring Tom Conti and Sharon Gless (Gielgud Theatre); Rick’s Bar Casablanca (Whitehall Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun starring Suzi Quatro (Aldwych Theatre); the Cole Porter revue A Swell Party (Vaudeville Theatre); Out of the Blue (Shaftesbury Theatre); Fatal Attraction starring Susannah York and Denis Quilley (Theatre Royal Haymarket); All The Fun Of The Fair with David Essex (Garrick Theatre); and Sinatra (London Palladium). His production of Defending the Caveman (Apollo Theatre) won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. He has also directed Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart (King’s Head Theatre), Machiavelli’s Mandragola (National Theatre), Sir Anthony Quayle in Pinero’s Dandy Dick (Compass Theatre), Michael Frayn's Noises Off and Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias (National Tours), The Winter’s Tale (New Shakespeare Company), and Noël Coward’s Cavalcade (Chichester Festival Theatre) with a cast of over two hundred. He also directed the farewell tour of the band Harvey and the Wallbangers.

He has worked frequently in Australia, on the musical Footloose (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Jamie Oliver’s hugely successful performances, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance (Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide) and Happy Days (Olympic Superdome, Sydney). His arena and stadium productions in Australia and South Africa have played to audiences of 20,000-30,000 people at each performance. Other international productions include La Haut, a French comedy operetta, which was subsequently filmed for French television (Theatre des Celestins, Lyon, and Theatre de Variétés, Paris), Hair (Palais des Sports, Paris, and National Tour of Germany), As You Like It (Shakespeare Repertory Company, Chicago), David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross (Royal Flemish Theatre, Brussels), Ben Elton’s Gasping (Hong Kong and Peking) and Gaslight (Mirvish Theatre, Toronto).
As Artistic Director of the Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton, for five years, he directed The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Candida, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, Summer and Smoke and other productions by authors such as Rattigan, Coward, Frayn, Wedekind and Christopher Hampton and half a dozen musicals. Prior to this, he was also Artistic Director of the Watermill Theatre near Newbury for three years. More recently, he was the inaugural Artistic Director of the new St. James Theatre, steering it through to opening and through its first two seasons.

He has also adapted De Rojas’ Celestina for the stage.


Productions at the Finborough Theatre include But It Still Goes On.

Andrew Maunder is lecturer in English Literature in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire. His recent books include British Theatre and the Great War 1914-1919 (2016) and R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End, A Guide (2017). He leads the University’s World War One Theatre project which works to introduce twenty-first century audiences to some of the lost plays of the period 1913-1930. He is also part of the Centre for Everyday Lives in War, one of four First World War engagement centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Centre is based at the University of Hertfordshire, in collaboration with the Universities of Essex, Northampton, West of England, Lincoln and Central Lancashire. The Centre works with a wide range of community groups and organisations on projects studying the impact of war on everyday life between 1914 and 1918 and its longer-term effects.


Maev Alexander | Mrs Clegg

Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy.
Theatre includes Only Our Own (Arts Theatre and Irish Tour), A Woman Of No Importance (National Tour), A Man For All Seasons (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), The Constant Wife (National Tour), The Chalk Garden (National Tour), An Ideal Husband (National Tour), Ghosts (Northlands Festival Tour), What Every Woman Knows (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (Theatre Ulster), Zonk (Portable Theatre) and The Winter's Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Film includes The Autograph Hound, Death Defying Acts, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Comfort and Joy.
Television includes Doctors, DCI Banks, EastEnders, The Fools on The Hill, Scoop, A Christmas Carol, The Gentle Touch, Holding the Fort, That's Life, The New Road and Sutherland's Law.

Alix Dunmore | Jane Clegg

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include London Wall.
Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre includes Bodies (Southwark Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), Top Girls (National Tour), Macbeth (The Factory), A Day by the Sea (Southwark Playhouse), King Kong (The Vaults), Timon of Athens (The Factory), The Fifth Column (Southwark Playhouse), Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre), What the Women Did (Southwark Playhouse), Gaslight (New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme), Happy Birthday Wanda June (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Dead Guy (English Theatre, Frankfurt), He Should Have Known His Place (Theatre Royal, York), Undead Queen of Evil (Theatre by The Lake, Keswick), Mudmen From the Thames (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Man Who Was 10 Minutes Late (Wilton's Music Hall), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (Shakespeare's Globe and Trafalgar Studios), Nature Adores a Vacuum (Soho Theatre), Tales of Speed and Time (Shakespeare's Globe), After Liverpool (Courtyard Theatre), Arrows (Greenwich Playhouse), Separate Tables (The Mill at Sonning) and A Winter of War (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham).
Television includes There She Goes, Call the Midwife, Doctors and Holby City

Sidney Livingstone | Mr Morrison

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Hindle Wakes.
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes The Plough and The Stars, The Fosdyke Saga, Schweik in the Second World War (Contact Theatre, Manchester), The Baker’s Wife (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and Phoenix Theatre), Timon of Athens, Blood Wedding (The Young Vic), Blue Angel (Royal Shakespeare Company Tour and Gielgud Theatre), Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company Tour and The Young Vic), Arcadia (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Oklahoma! (National Theatre and Lyceum Theatre), Hamlet, Richard II and Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic), Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Crazy For You (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, and Novello Theatre), Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, The Comedy of Errors, The Bewitched, Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet, Perkin Warbeck, Babies Grow Old, Afore Night Come, The World Turned Upside Down, Henry IV Part 2, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Brand (Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Film includes Heroine, The Ragman’s Daughter, Widows, Space Vampires, The Crucifer of Blood, Clockwise, Twelfth Night, Iris, About A Boy, Acorn Antiques, Oklahoma!, Hatton Garden, The Heist and Peterloo.
Television includes Minder, Coronation Street, Miss Marple, The Bill, Casualty, Annie’s Bar, Serious and Organised, A Touch of Frost, Midsomer Murders, As Time Goes By, Holby City, Land Girls and Call The Midwife.

Brian Martin | Henry Clegg

Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noël Coward Theatre), Boudica, The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare's Globe), The Merchant of Venice (National and World Tour), The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Damned by Despair, Juno and the Paycock (National Theatre) and The Wake, Macbeth (Abbey Theatre, Dublin).
Film includes Conor, Jacko and The Cocaine Famine.

Eve Prenelle | Jenny Clegg

Eve is a student at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Matthew Sim | Mr Munce

Trained at LAMDA and National Youth Theatre.
Theatre includes Richard III (Arcola Theatre), Richard III, The Tempest, Ajax, Demi Monde, Project X, Merlin (Riverside Studios), Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (Bristol Old Vic), Dracula (Derby Playhouse), Laughing Matter, She Stoops to Conquer (Out of Joint and National Theatre), The School for Scandal (Derby Playhouse and Northampton Theatres), The Royal Hunt Of The Sun (Compass Theatre Company), The Three Sisters (Chichester Festival Theatre), Saint Joan, Mandragola, A Little Hotel On The Side (National Theatre), Dealing With Clair (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Film includes The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out On The Bill And Disappeared, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Enemy Of England, All Fried Up, Gangs Of New York, Interview With A Vampire, Orlando, Without A Clue, Maurice, Lionheart, Revolution and Scum.
Television includes The Other Wife, Sinchronicity, The Bill, Alice In Wonderland, Full Stretch, Clarissa, A Dance To The Music Of Time and An Englishman Abroad.

Theo Wilkinson | Johnny Clegg

Theo is a student at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Television includes 101 Dalmatian Street.


To mark the production of Jane Clegg and the launch of a new exhibition at the Women’s Library ‘The Sacred Year 1919: women and the professions’, a 1-day series of talks and discussions is being held at the Women’s Library, London School of Economics, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD on Friday 17 May 10.30 -3.00.

The event is free and open to all but booking is required for catering purposes. Further details can be found on the Centre for Everyday Lives in War website.


“We would feel sorry for any man whose conscience was not stirred to the depths by Jane Clegg.” Northern Whig

“Powerfully dramatic and tragic.” Sheffield Daily Telegraph

“Jane Clegg should be seen by all lovers of the drama.” Birmingham Daily Gazette

“Engrossing and genuinely human”. Pall Mall Gazette

“Compelling…a great evening.” The Observer

“Admirably constructed and equally well-written…a work of art that challenges...brilliant writing.” The Sunday Times


★★★★ Four Stars, Time Out, The Guardian, WhatsOnStage, Fourthwall Magazine and Exeunt Magazine

Time Out Critics’ Choice

"Not for the first time, one looks to the Finborough to come up with the most compelling play in London... It has a raw, visceral power.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Not for the first time, the Finborough demolishes the myth of twentieth century British theatre being an effete wasteland pre-Look Back in Anger... A lean, potent drama that does not deserve to be forgotten.” Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out

“A bruiser of a play; one that grabs you by the collar and simply shakes for an hour and twenty minutes.” Matt Trueman, Carousel of Fantasies

“It also anticipates Sean O'Casey in showing...that women were models of pragmatic endurance in an Ireland being destroyed by headstrong men.” Michael Billington, The Guardian


“Proof that Ervine, who went on to become The Observer's theatre critic, was a natural dramatist.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“This is the second Ervine play that has been put on in recent years and on this evidence you hope there are more rediscoveries to be made...an outstanding production of a powerful work.” Robbie Lumsden, Bargain Theatreland

“St John Ervine's powerful 1915 Ulster classic, now receiving its first English revival since 1920 in Emma Faulkner's strongly cast, atmospheric production.” Paul Taylor, The Independent

“The tiny Finborough Theatre has a reputation for resurrecting forgotten plays and making them seem essential. It has succeeded with John Ferguson, which hasn’t had a professional production for a hundred years. It’s terrific.” Peter Graystone, Church Times


Tuesday, 23 April – Saturday, 18 May 2019

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.00pm.

Performance Length: 90 minutes with no interval.

Prices until 5 May 2019

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Previews (23 and 24 April 2019) £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 27 April 2019 when booked online only.

Prices from 7 May 2019

Tickets £20, £18 concessions

except Tuesday evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats. 

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Tuesday, 23 April – Saturday, 18 May 2019

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Directed by David Gilmore

Designed by Alex Marker

Lighting Design by Richard Williamson

Sound Design by Edward Lewis

Costume Design by Carla Evans

Presented by Andrew Maunder in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Maev Alexander

Alix Dunmore

Sidney Livingstone

Brian Martin

Eve Prenelle

Matthew Sim

Theo Wilkinson