Vita & Virginia
by Eileen Atkins, adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
A forbidden affair and a lasting friendship. VITA & VIRGINIA chronicles the relationship between novelist Virginia Woolf and aristocratic socialite Vita Sackville-West; a relationship that spanned two decades and had a profound impact on both women's lives. It lasted until Virginia's suicide in 1941.
The two women met at a dinner party in 1922, when Virginia was 40 and Vita was 30. Both were married and Vita had two sons. Vita's husband, Harold Nicholson, had affairs with men while Vita had many affairs with women. Despite this, however, they remained happily married.
Virginia was married to Leonard and had no children. Eileen Atkins' skillful adaptation takes the letters Vita and Virginia exchanged and weaves them together into a witty, intimate conversation, telling their story in their own words.
Revealing and searingly honest, VITA & VIRGINIA sheds light on the inner lives of two remarkable women, and the fascinating worlds they lived in.
We have invited Anne Mette Bruun, acclaimed author of “Orlandos Døtre”, to give a short talk in English about Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West, the Bloomsbury Group in London and the sexual intrigues of the time.
Mette will be in Sorte Hest's foyer on the 1st, 2nd November at 19.30 and on Saturday 5th November at 16.30. The talk will last approx. 20 mins. So, why not come, enjoy a glass of wine from the theatre café and step into the world of Virginia Woolf before the play starts?
Anne Mette Bruun (Cand. mag.)
Author of “Orlando’s Daughters”, a biography, in Danish, about writer Virginia Woolf and her artist sister, Vanessa Bell. Anne Mette has also published, in Danish, “A Room Without a View”, a biography about writer E.M Forster, as well as several chronicles and articles. She manages the Funds Department at law firm Bruun & Hjejle.
You can [download our Teaching Materials in PDF format here].
VITA & VIRGINIA is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
This production is made possible due to generous support from: Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck's Fond and Ernst og Vibeke Husmans Fond.