Swive [Elizabeth]
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Swive [Elizabeth]

Swive [Elizabeth] London Reviews and Tickets

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A new play by award-winning writer, Ella Hickson follows Elizabeth I's remarkable ascent to power.

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Critic Reviews (7)

Time Out London
December 13th, 2019

Natalie Abrahami’s production is a searing 90 minutes that deals with history you’ll probably know, from angles you might not...it’s hard not to be impressed by Elizabeth’s cold-eyed triumph.'
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The Guardian (UK)
December 15th, 2019

Where the play succeeds is in demonstrating Elizabeth’s skill in countering male manoeuvres. Vividly staged, the play reignites one’s interest in Elizabeth without persuading one of the contemporary parallels.'
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The Stage (UK)
December 13th, 2019

A potent study of women, power and patriarchy...Hickson writes with her usual mix of wit, intelligence, empathy and a metallic clarity of thought, interlacing history with anachronism...'
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The Independent (UK)
December 13th, 2019

...Ella Hickson’s clever, funny and indignant new play, takes a haunting look at the predicament of Elizabeth I... shifts between grimly gleeful anachronism and historical empathy.'
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The Times (UK)
December 16th, 2019

A fierce, bright flame of a play, blazing with brains and beauty...brilliantly reimagines Elizabeth I as a historical icon stripped bare and equipped with a 21st-century sensibility.'
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The Arts Desk
December 16th, 2019

Pacy, dagger-sharp rewriting of history...Hickson's play is a thrillingly irreverent reframing of a well-trodden past, brilliantly innovative...'
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The London Evening Standard
December 13th, 2019

Abrahami’s production has a keen sense of atmosphere...Hickson is a deeply intelligent writer who can blaze through to big truths, and even on a lower wattage Swive offers smart and pertinent insights...'
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