Copperhead Productions and Peter Huntley Productions present


by Jeremy Green

Nov 20 2013 - Dec 21 2013

‘To yearn for something – doesn’t that make life more intense?’

Lizzie Siddal is a new play that tells the dramatic story of the woman who was ‘Ophelia’ in Millais' famous painting. It charts her dazzling trajectory from model to lover to artist, to a tragic figure in her own right.

London, 1849. Lizzie is plucked from the obscurity of a bonnet shop to model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood - an intoxicating group of young painters bent on revolutionising the Victorian art world.

Inspired by their passion and ambition, she throws herself headlong into their lives and their art - nearly dying in the creation of 'Ophelia'. The painting is a triumph. But Lizzie wants more and dares to dream of being a painter herself.

Falling for their charismatic leader Dante Gabriel Rossetti, she becomes his muse and his lover and, against the odds, does succeed in winning independence as a female artist. She even secures a sponsor - the great critic, John Ruskin. But independence isn't always what it seems, love can be fickle - and all art is a kind of deception. Lizzie is betrayed, and her response sparks a tragic denouement that still stirs debate to this day.

Production photos by Simon Annand

Directed by
Lotte Wakeham
Set and Costume Design
David Woodhead
Lighting Design
Howard Hudson
Sound Design
Andy Graham
  • Tom Bateman
  • Daniel Crossley
  • Simon Darwen
  • James Northcote
  • Emma West
  • Jayne Wisener