Christmas has come early for those who feared that the rage for all things Pre-Rapahelite might be diminishing in the wake of Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition.
A new play about Eleanor Elizabeth Siddal, Pre-Raphaelitism’s most famous muse / artist / poet is coming to London’s Arcola Theatre this November. Playwright Jeremy Green has generously shared some of his thoughts with us on matters as diverse as: how deadlines are a writer’s friend; why he suspects that, of all the muses, ‘Lizzie’s story is a bigger emotional journey’; and why he is particularly keen that his play tells ‘Lizzie’s story’ and not the tale of ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and their Camp Followers’.
Although I confess I think the latter might make an excellent Christmas Panto …
Do you follow me (@preraphsrule) on Twitter? Read the interview with extra care - you may find that Jeremy has answered some of your specific questions about his play. Thanks to all who tweeted their questions.
Lizzie Siddal is written by Jeremy Green [photo above] and directed by Lotte Wakeham with design by David Woodhead and lighting design by Howard Hudson. It is produced by Copperhead Productions and Peter Huntley Productions.
It will run at the Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 20 November – Saturday 21 December 2013.
This blog explores the thriving Victorian cities which inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, and were shaped by them in turn. While the Pre-Raphaelites produced poetry and art praising the natural world, most were born and raised in urban environments, and their work retained a cosmopolitan sensibility. Although this blog will sometimes take excursions into the countryside, its focus will remain on city life. If you want more information on images or sources, please get in touch.