Playwright Amanda Whittington investigates the life of 1950s hostess Ruth Ellis

10th April 2013 Comments·

in 1950s Drama, Playwrights, Regional Theatre



The playwright tells Aleks Sierz about her fascination with the case of Ruth Ellis, who in 1955 became the last woman to be hanged in Britain after murdering her lover, and about her drama about her, The Thrill of Love (New Vic), now playing at the St James Theatre in London. Recorded at the St James, 10 April 2013.

She wasn’t “tragic Ruth Ellis” until she shot her lover. Before that, she was part of a group of young, smart, sexy and sassy girls who had everything ahead of them.

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Monica Weller April 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

Hi Amanda
You’ve written a great play. And I appreciate you wanted to write it from a different angle. However there are some innacuracies within the text which listeners no doubt will take as gospel. Such as Ruth Ellis was not a Roman Catholic. She was the daughter of a Jewish mother. She did not attend a Catholic church and was not brought up as a Catholic. Her ‘friend’ Desmond Cussen interestingly was a Catholic. His parents were married in a Catholic church. Ruth’s close friendship with Vickie Martin, and relationship with Stephen Ward, had not been written about until I wrote about them in RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE. I’m very pleased that these facts have been aired in your play.
Monica Weller


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