"A working class woman inside the walls of Westminster? If that is not espionage, I do not know what is."

A Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production


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This remarkable new play from Caroline Bird tells the inspiring and epic story of Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP, who was forever on the right side of history, forever on the wrong side of life. 

Caught between revolutionary and parliamentary politics, Ellen fights with an unstoppable, reckless energy for a better world. Running (quite literally in some cases) into the likes of Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway, she battles to save Jewish refugees in Nazi Germany; campaigns for Britain to aid the fight against Franco’s Fascists in Spain; and leads 200 workers in the Jarrow Crusade, marching from Newcastle through Nottingham and the Midlands, all the way to London delivering a petition to reduce unemployment and poverty. She serves as a vital member of Churchill's cabinet, and has affairs with communist spies and government ministers. But, despite all of this, she still finds herself - somehow - on the outside looking in.​

This is the story of Ellen Wilkinson.

There is more than one way to kill a revolutionary…

Preview performances: Sat 19 & Tue 22 Feb, 7pm

Preview performances give audiences the opportunity to be one of the first to see a new show. During previews, the show is still being developed and changes may still be made ahead of the official press night. As the show is still being developed, tickets are a little cheaper than our regular prices. We will always try to give you the best experience no matter what show you attend but if there are a few hitches on the night then we appreciate your patience and goodwill while we polish the show.


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Due to the uncertainty as to when and how theatres will be able to start putting on live performances again, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Red Ellen to 2022. 

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Priority Booking opens Mon 20 July 2020

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General on sale opens Mon 3 August 2020


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Relaxed performance

Fri 25 Feb, 7pm 

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Integrated BSL signed performance

Wed 2 Mar, 7pm 

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Captioned performance*

Thu 3 Mar, 7pm 

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Touch Tour & Audio Described performance

Sat 5 Mar, 2pm 


* For best visibility of our caption units, we would recommend sitting in rows E – L in section 1.

** For best visibility for our BSL performances we would advise sitting in section 1.

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.