As part of the Finborough Theatre’s #FinboroughForFree initiative, the theatre will be releasing a new play every month for as long as they can during their closure to watch online for free. The online release for June is the critically acclaimed 2019 run and first London production for over 75 years of St John Ervine’s Jane Clegg. This will be the first Finborough Theatre rediscovery to be made available for free viewing online through our Official London Theatre YouTube channel and below.
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Travelling salesman Henry Clegg has taken his wife, Jane, for granted for most of their marriage, as she endures his dishonesty, infidelity and neglect, as well as his demanding mother.
But when Henry is accused of embezzling money from his firm and his latest affair is revealed, Jane realises she must finally escape her life of domestic abuse for herself and her children…only to find that for women without money and connections breaking free isn’t so easy.
Written in 1913 at the height of the campaign for votes for women, Jane Clegg premiered at Manchester’s famous Gaiety Theatre, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre – where it was compared to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Dame Sybil Thorndike created the title role and performed it all over the world, including in a BBC Radio broadcast in 1967.
Unseen in London since 1944, Jane Clegg received its long-overdue new production in April 2019, directed by renowned director David Gilmore.
Watch Jane Clegg here, available until 5 August.