The Legacy – Play Script

Reviews of The Legacy

1472831_809612262467474_5877112891017678361_n‘witty, insightful and powerful’

‘Intense and thought-provoking’

                                     ‘★★★★★’ Mail Online

‘A fantastic debut piece’

‘The script is excellent – well-observed and current’

                                       ‘★★★★★’ West End Wilma

‘a memorable play that signposts a bright new talent’

‘an intelligent script’

‘Comedy gives way to stunning pathos’

‘the material garners favourable comparison with the work of Mike Leigh, Michael Wall, or, as a contemporary,

Torben Betts’
                                                                                                                                                      ‘★★★★’ London Theatre 1


10931089_808762162552484_8116812485501018262_n‘honest, compelling performances’

‘interesting dialogue and great chemistry’

                                          ‘★★★★’ Female Arts

‘great storytelling’

‘deals with such a salient issue with grace and care’

                                                          ‘★★★★★’ The New Current

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 17.26.03‘brilliant, tight and uncomfortable’

‘The best thing about this play and the three actors, who all managed to

reflect its subtlety in their performances, is the raft of ethical questions

it leaves; a ring of scum after a luxurious bath.’

‘fascinating to watch’

                                                ‘★★★★★’ The Wharf



The Legacy

In 2014 Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz became a lightening rod for worldwide anti-rape and women’s right protests, when she carried the mattress she was assaulted on to classes and lectures.

Inspired by those events THE LEGACY, by acclaimed author and debut playwright Angela Clarke, is a cynically funny play that explores gender, affluence, and shouting back.
‘I read her newspaper bits. In one of them she used the v-word. Vagina. Actually wrote it. Thank god Daddy only read The Telegraph.’

Imagine if you took a politically minded, media savvy, online viral activist, and dropped them into conservative, status driven, vanilla suburbia?

Loving wife and mother Rebecca is thrilled when her estranged sister Esther shows up for the reading of their late father’s will. But free spirited Esther’s very presence soon disrupts Rebecca’s dream suburban life; prompting questions neither sister wants to face. Cracks appear. Tempers fray. And the truth about Esther’s disappearance a decade ago finally surfaces.

THE LEGACY is an exciting new play about love, money and bleeding heart liberals.

The rehearsed readings of The Legacy were staged at The Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th December 2014. The Legacy had it’s first run at The Hope Theatre, Islington 8th – 13th June 2015.


Writer Angela Clarke. Director Michael Beigel. Starring Jim Mannering, Claira Watson Parr, Lucinda Westcar.

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