Eleanor Marx: The Jewess of Jews Walk

Telling the true story of an inspirational woman and her tragic final days.
Eleanor Marx: The Jewess of Jews Walk at the Sydenham Centre

Image: Spontaneous Productions Theatre Company


Genre: Drama
Venue: The Sydenham Centre
Started: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Closed: Saturday 12 May 2018
Running time:2 hrs 00 mins (approx)
Age suitability: Not suitable for young children


There will be a talk by Eleanor's biographer Rachel Holmes and others on Fri 6 April, 8pm - Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre.


Telling the true story of an inspirational woman and her tragic final days.

When Eleanor Marx moved to 7 Jews Walk, Sydenham, in 1895, she believed she would be happy there.

To Eleanor - a self-styled 'Jewess' - even the name of the road seemed a good omen.

Her hopes could not be further from reality.

Within months, Karl Marx's youngest daughter was suffering at the hands of her common-law husband Edward Aveling, with shocking consequences.

To this day, the dramatic events that unfolded at 7 Jews Walk are shrouded in mystery and doubt …

Now Sydenham's very own theatre company Spontaneous Productions is bringing this true story to life Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, just around the corner from where Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling lived out their final few years.

Lucy Kaufman's powerful new drama celebrates this remarkable woman - political activist, translator, early feminist and often neglected figure of historical importance - whilst tackling themes of love, loyalty, identity, betrayal, domestic abuse and the role of women in society.

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Previews from:Wednesday 18 April 2018

Closes:Saturday 12 May 2018

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 8‑00pm (24 April and 1 May)

Wednesday ‑ 8‑00pm

Thursday ‑ 8‑00pm (except Thur 26 April or Thur 3 May)

Friday ‑ 8‑00pm

Saturday ‑ 8‑00pm






Sarah Whitehouse - Eleanor "Tussy" Marx

Oliver Messenger - Edward Aveling

Kirsten Moore - Gerty Gentry

Simeon Oakes - Freddy Demuth

Robert Maskell - Dr Shackleton


Author: Lucy Kaufman
Composer: Deborah Garvey
Director: Jonathan Kaufman
Designer: Abby & Alice
Costume designer: Alexandra Mcarthur
Production: Spontaneous Productions

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