About Sphinx Theatre

Founded as The Women’s Theatre Group in 1973 Sphinx Theatre Company, renamed in 1990, has been in the vanguard of promoting, advocating and inspiring women in the arts through productions, conferences and research for more than 40 years. Previous work includes the premiere of April de Angelis' modern classic Playhouse Creatures, Pam Gems' The Snow Palace and Bryony Lavery's Goliath, plus the Glass Ceiling and Vamps, Vixens and Feminists conferences with the National Theatre, Young Vic, Southbank Centre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.  In 2015 Sphinx produced Women Centre Stage Heroines Festival at the National Theatre, and in 2016 Power Play at Hampstead Theatre, each year showcasing 25 exciting new theatre pieces with women at their centre.

Who We Are

Artistic Director – Sue Parrish

Executive Producer - Joanna Hedges

Administrator – Isabel Sharman

Artistic Associates – Helen Barnett, Lisa Cagnacci, Ros Philips, Chloe Todd Fordham

Board Members – Susannah Kraft Levene (Chair), Lisa Cagnacci, Susan McGoun, Maggie Saxon, Jane Seymour, Ben Monks

Patrons - Beatrix Campbell OBE, Helene Cixous, Toni Racklin, Dame Rosemary Squire, Dame Janet Suzman and Dame Marina Warner

Artistic Director – Sue Parrish

Our History

Here at Sphinx we are happy to receive unsolicited scripts and try to see as much work as possible throughout the year. Please contact us on info@sphinxtheatre.co.uk with any enquiries of this matter. If you would like to know more about the history of Sphinx we no longer keep the company archive on the premises. Our archive is held as part of the Theatre and Performance collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum which can be accessed online HERE.

Access to the archive in person is by appointment only.

The Theatre Museum Enquiries Service

Tel: 02079434727

Email: tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk



Dreams and Deconstructions: Alternative Theatre in England

Stages in the Revolution: Political Theatre in Britain Since 1968

Strike While The Iron Is Hot: 3 plays on Sexual Politics in Theatre

Understudies: Theatre and Sexual Politics

Carry on Understudies: Theatre and Sexual Politics

The Oxford Companion to the Theatre

The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance

An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre

Feminist Stages

Herstory Volume 1: Plays by Women for Women

Herstory Volume 2: Plays by Women for Women

Playing with (in) the Restoration

Recording Women: A documentation of six theatre productions

Mythic Women/ Real Women: Plays and Performance Pieces

The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights

Feminism and Theatre

Sex on Stage: Gender and Sexuality in Post-War British Theatre

Unmaking Mimesis: Essays on Feminism and Theatre

edited by Sandy Craig, Amber Lane Press 1980

by Catherine Itzin, Eyre Methuen, London 1980

edited by Michelene Wandor, The Journeyman Press 1980

by Michelene Wandor, Eyre Methuen 1981

Michelene Wandor, Eyre Methuen 1981

edited by Phyllis Hartnoll, Oxford University Press 1985

edited by Lizbeth Goodman with Jane de Gay, Routledge 1998

by Elaine Aston, Routledge 1995

by Lizbeth Goodman, Harwood Academic Publishers 1996

edited by Gabrielle Griffin and Elaine Aston, Sheffield Academic Press 1991

edited by Gabrielle Griffin and Elaine Aston, Sheffield Academic Press 1991

by Sara Soncini, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane 1999

by Geraldine Cousin, Harwood Academic Publishers 2000

by Women selected by Lizbeth Goodman, Faber and Faber 2000

edited by Elaine Aston and Janelle Reinelt, Cambridge University Press 2000

by Sue Ellen Case and Elaine Aston, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008

by A. Wyllie, University of Chicago Press, 2009

by Elin Diamond, Routledge, 1997

Useful Websites

Downloadable Resources

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE BRITISH THEATRE - Conference of Women Theatre Directors and Administrators Report 1983


WOMEN IN THEATRE 2006 SURVEY – Sphinx Theatre 2006






VAMPS, VIXENS AND FEMINISTS… IN THE NORTH – Sphinx Theatre Conference Report 2012

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