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

10th April 2013

The Thrill of Love
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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.