Ellen Terry: Too Human to be Called Divine
with Eileen Page
Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm
“Too human to be called divine” - Vita Sackville West
Ellen Terry was not only one of the greatest actresses of the nineteenth century, she was also one of the most remarkable women of her time. Born in 1847, she married three times, first to the pre-Raphaelite painter G.F. Watts when he was 47, she 16; the marriage lasted ten months only. Defying Victorian morality, she then began her liaison with Edwards Godwin, to whom she bore two illegitimate children, Edward and Edith. After six years, Godwin left her, and she resumed her careers on stage, from the first moment endearing audiences to herself. Eventually, she became Sir Henry Irving’s leading lady, playing opposite him in all of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, at the Lyceum Theatre, which she remained until 1902.
Eileen Page returns to Tara following her astonishing performance in 2018 in Eleanor of Aquitaine Mother of the Pride, now available to buy as an audio recording with B7 Media and Tara Arts.
Eileen Page's 70-year career encompasses Shakespeare, contemporary writers, musical theatre, film and television. Her long association with the RSC included Peter Brook’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry V with Paul Schofield, Mother Courage, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale, and Waste with Judi Dench, which transferred to the Wes End.
Other West End appearances include Heidi Schiller in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre, a role she later reprised for a BBC gala performance), Me and My Girl (Adelphi Theatre); The Boyfriend (Duchess Theatre); and Nine (Royal Festival Hall). Among many leading roles in repertory seasons across the country, one of her favourites was Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter at Liverpool Playhouse.