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Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

White garments on a washing line

‘A rich, vivid portrait of turn-of-the-last-century New York; a soft focus glimpse into the beating hearts behind the archives of African-American life a century ago.’

1905, New York. Seamstress Esther has lived in her boarding house for 18 long years.   
Other girls arrive, marry and then move on but Esther remains, crafting beautiful, delicate garments for women to wear on their wedding nights. But everything changes when letters begin to arrive from George, could they hold the key to Esther’s last chance at happiness and the life she’s always dreamed of?   

Named as one of the 40 Best Plays of All Time (Independent), Pulitzer prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s moving play explores the extraordinary history of the playwright’s great-grandmother, and the search for hope in the face of hardship. Actor and director Mumba Dodwell directs.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. 

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. 

A recording of this production will be available to watch online for free after the performances. Watch online from 4 March. 

A livestream of this performance will also be available to watch on Thursday 10 February at 7.30pm and Tuesday 15 February at 2pm. Find out more and register to watch.

‘Lynn Nottage's play spins dramatic gold‘

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