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 hereThe debate on gender inequality in British theatres is raging!

To see what's being said, take a look at our NEWS page


 WOMEN CENTRE STAGE #More Women Launches

Sphinx are delighted to announce the launch of their new project Women Centre Stage.

Supported by Arts Council England's, Grants for the Arts and Womens Playhouse Trust (aka the Wapping Project)  this new project is looking to inspire and create new roles for women, re- energising the English theatre repertoire with female-centred and female driven plays by male and female artists. Over the coming months we will be working with numerous artists to create new works for stage with extracts and works in progress performances to be performed in a one day festival at the National Theatre on the 28th March 2015 .

Women Centre Stage will be a practical step in advancing the UK theatre's response to gender inequality so watch this space for more information as it unfolds!

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New Arts Council England equality and diversity report

There's been a new ACE report on equality and diversity with some rather shocking updates of statistics and further assertion that gender inequality is very much still present in the British theatre. Peruse at your pleasure 


Women Centre Stage Writers Meeting 28th August

Thank you to all the wonderful  writers and literary managers that joined us last week to discuss the current climate of contemporary theatre and how we can better place women centre stage. The debate was brilliant, intelligent and thought provoking and fingers crossed there will be more to come so watch this space ! In the meantime here are some pictures.

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Sphinx Win Awards at the Brighton Fringe Festival 

 We're delighted to announce our success at this year's fringe winning BEST CABARET in the Latest awards and an ARGUS ANGEL for Artistic Excellence. 

For more information and pictures of the show see our events page here.


OUR THEATRE PICK this week...

See Sphinx patron Janet Suzman in her new show Solomon and Marion

Solomon and Marion by Lara Foot, Print Room at the Coronet

Isolated in her home and grieving for her dead son and lost husband, Marion (Janet Suzman) struggles to find meaning in a country that has been utterly transformed. Hope arrives in the form of Solomon (Khayalethu Anthony), the grandson of Marion’s former servant, but what is his motive? A powerful story about two injured souls searching for redemption in a fragile, post-apartheid South Africa.

★★★★ "Suzman is outstanding." Daily Telegraph

4-29 NOV 2014. Monday-Friday: 7.30pm, Saturdays 3pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £25/£17, ring 0203 642 6606 or visit

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New Resources

  • New research from Tonic Theatre with statistics and action plans for theatres.

  • The End of Equality: a new book by Beatrix Campbell 

End of Equality 

 In “The End of Equality”, renowned feminist Beatrix Campbell argues that even as the patriarchy has lost some of its legitimacy, new inequalities are emerging in our culture

  order here from Amazon 




  • An interesting online database of West End Plays by women, produced between 1917 and 1960. In that period there were NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO! This fabulous list was compiled by Maggie Gale. Click here to access.
  • Dave Berns has put together a list of US companies and theatres who are actively seeking submissions by or about women. You can take a look here

From The Press

Gripping, heart-ripping, social comment... SENSATIONAL, Time Out

Utterly gripping... politicised theatre at its best, Metro

Skilfully ep-ends stereotypes, Yorkshire Press

Only the stone hearted could remain unaffected, The Stage

The vanguard of risk-taking, controversial theatre, Plays and Players


Special Offer

Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama - by Janet Suzman

Thanks to the lovely people at Oberon Books, friends of Sphinx can get 30% off the RRP of Janet Suzman's new book.

Just go to and enter discount code 'OnSuzman'. Enjoy!


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