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A Comedy by Amanda Whittington

Wed 23rd to Sat 26th March 7:30pm & Sat Matinee 2:30pm

An exuberant comedy about four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races, from the author of Be My Baby. Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot - and more besides...

Recommended age 11+

Tickets £15 and £13 concession


Amanda Whittington's play Ladies’ Day premiered at Hull Truck Theatre in 2005 and has been revived many times since, including at the Royal Court in Liverpool and the Oldham Coliseum. The play is set in Hull and York in 2005.

Press Quotes

  • 'With its Yorkshire heart and soul it has all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or a Full Monty'  - Yorkshire Post

  • 'Amanda Whittington’s sporting romp Ladies’ Day is as much fun as a day at the races and, arguably, better value for money’ - The Stage

  • 'Hull Truck Theatre Company clearly has a hit on its hands'  - Hull Daily Mail

  • 'Exuberantly up-to-the-minute comedy' - Guardian


This amateur production is produced with kind permission from Nick Hern books.

The Cast

PEARL - Dawn Spragg | JAN - Sue Stevens | SHELLEY - Samantha Shaw | LINDA - Emma Adams


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About Director Kevin Davey

Kevin Davey trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to become a professional performer with a comprehensive experience of stage & film.   He is a winner of the BBC Carlton Hobbs Award.  He was a founder member of Business Act: a company providing actors to promotional and educational events.   For the past 25 years, Kevin has worked continuously as a professional director and producer.  Kevin is also a professional singing/vocal tutor/workshop leader & personal coach.  He composes his own original songs and is currently recording his album of material to be released shortly. Kevin's vision as Director of Theatre Spark is to offer the best possible professional skills & tutoring within an exciting music/arts company.

About Writer Amanda Whittington

Amanda’s work is widely performed by companies across the UK.

She has three titles in Nick Hern Books’ Top Ten Most Performed Plays of 2018: Ladies Day, Be My Baby and The Thrill of Love. In 2017, Amanda became a Doctor of Philosophy by Publication at the University of Huddersfield. She is currently Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.

Amanda has numerous writing credits for BBC Radio Four, including The Archers. Her 2016 drama D for Dexter won Best Series/Serial in the BBC Audio Drama Awards and the sixth series will be broadcast in November 2019. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist for titles including Nottingham Evening Post, New Statesman and Society and The Face.


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 during a short inteval. 


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.


You are now able to choose your own tickets during the booking process. 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 0203 761 7070.