The Sweet Science of Bruising

London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring.
The Sweet Science of Bruising at Wilton's Music Hall

Image courtesy Troupe


Genre: Drama
Venue: Wilton's Music Hall
Starts: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Closes: Saturday 29 June 2019
Running time:2 hrs 30 mins
Age suitability: 12+

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Fresh from a sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse, Joy Wilkinson (current writer for Doctor Who) brings to life this little-known but important part of the City's history.

Featuring an ensemble cast and thrilling live boxing matches, The Sweet Science of Bruising is staged in the electrifying atmosphere of the world's oldest grand music hall located in London's East End, Wilton's Music Hall.


'When that bell rings, your life is entirely in your hands.'


Deep in the heart of Victorian London is a theatre where only the strongest survive.

Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, four very different women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing; each finds an unexpected freedom in the ring.

As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us from grand drawing rooms to rowdy backstreet pubs where the women fight inequality as well as each other.

But with the final showdown approaching, only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World ...


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Postal address:
1 Graces Alley (off Ensign Street)
London E1 8JB

Box office tel: 020 3468 5670

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Previews from:Wednesday 5 June 2019

Closes:Saturday 29 June 2019

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm



Thursday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm



£12.50 - £27

£10 - £24.50

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Owen Brenman - Professor Charlie Sharp

Celeste Dodwell - Violet Hunter

Jane How - Aunt George

Tom Lorcan - Paul Stokes

Emma McDonald - Anna Lamb

Wilf Scolding - Gabriel Lamb

Returning cast:

Ashley Cook - Doctor James Bell

Alice Kerrigan - Emily

Jessica Regan - Matilda 'Matty' Blackwell

Fiona Skinner - Polly Stokes


Author: Joy Wilkinson
Composer: Max Perryment
Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward
Designer: Anna Reid
Lighting:  Peter Harrison
Sound: Max Perryment
Fight director: Kate Waters
Production: Troupe

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