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By Jessica Swale

Directed by Amy Phillips


Wednesday 29th March - Saturday 1st April 2023 7.30pm

(Saturday matinee, 2.30pm)

“Some tattered notes from your brother? Some village dunce school for girls? You think that - that joke of an education - gives you a right to set foot here? At Cambridge? Cambridge!”

“Love or knowledge: which would you choose?”

​Blue Stockings is the engaging, spirited and shocking story of four young women fighting for their right to a university education in a world that assumed women belonged at home. First produced professionally at Shakespeare's Globe in 2013, and a sell out success, it is now regularly performed throughout the UK and beyond, and widely studied by GCSE drama students.

​1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first residential college in Britain to admit women. Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

Tickets £15/£13 concessions

Recommended for anyone over 11 years old.

The play is approximately 2 hours 20 minutes long (including a 20 minute interval).

After each performance we will be collecting for the Malala Fund in aid of women's education around the world.

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Press Quotes:

'Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome' Guardian

'Thoughtful and provocative... thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised' The Stage

'Touching and entertaining... Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation' Telegraph

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern books

Your Visit

Your Visit

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Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, London, SW20 8RA

Food and Drink

Whilst the Lantern Coffee House is currently not yet open, light refreshments will be available. Please note alcohol is not permitted on site at any time.


The Lantern Arts Centre is accessible by wheelchair-users and people with restricted mobility, lifts are available for studios on the first floor, whereas ramps are in place to access the main auditorium. When booking please add any requirements in the seating requests section. 


There are no cloakroom facilities at the Lantern Arts Centre.


Once you have booked your seat you will be emailed your e-ticket which will be scanned upon your arrival to the venue. If you are unsure about booking seats please call 020 3761 7070.

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