A gripping and haunting new play about sex, fear, religion and magic, from the BAFTA-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Jane Wenham toured Sep 2015 – Jane 2016. Buy the script at our exclusive discount rate.

Walkern, 1712. After decades free from witch hunts, Walkern’s cunning woman Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death – and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save her life, and those who claim to want to save her soul.

Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s beautiful, throat-catching new play is alive with the mysteries of nature, sex and the supernatural, and blasts society’s hunger to find – and create – witches.

“Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s powerful new play. Amanda Bellamy is infinitely watchable as Jane Wenham… The real magic comes from the play’s thick fug of atmosphere, heavy as bonfire smoke and just as eye-stinging.”

Time Out

watercolour sketch of a woman in poor historical clothes with bandaged eyes and a stick

Click the pic to see more of James Button’s beautiful costume illustrations

Rebecca Lenkiewicz won a BAFTA this year for co-writing Ida, which also won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. She won a Fringe First for her play Soho: A Tale of Table Dancers, and her plays The Night Season and Her Naked Skin both premiered at the National Theatre.

Ria Parry is Co-Artistic Director of Iron Shoes, for whom her productions include Mad About The Boy (Edinburgh Fringe and National Tour – Fringe First winner 2009), Caryl Churchill’s Fen at the Finborough Theatre, and Crush (Fringe First winner 2011). Other work includes Albion (Bush Theatre), On Golden Pond (Salisbury Playhouse) and The Winter’s Tale Re-imagined (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.) Ria was awarded the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Directors in 2010/11, becoming Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.

Cast: David Acton, Amanda Bellamy, Judith Coke, Tim Delap, Hannah Hutch, Andrew Macklin, Rachel Sanders, Cat Simmons. Meet the cast


Wed 23 September – Sat 3 October
Watford Palace Theatre
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Tue 6 – Sat 17 October
East Anglia and Essex Rural Touring
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Tue 6: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk
Wed 7: Community Centre, Bradfield, Essex
Thu 8: Lakeside Theatre, Uni of Essex, Wivenhoe
Fri 9: Garboldisham Village Hall, Norfolk
Sat 10: Brandeston Village hall, Suffolk
Wed 14: Public Hall, Witham, Essex
Thu 15: Felsted School, Dunmow, Essex
Fri 16: The Curve, Sudbury Ormiston Academy, Suffolk
Sat 17: Woodbridge Community Hall, Suffolk

Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 October
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
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Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 October
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
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Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 November
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
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Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 November
Salisbury Playhouse
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Tuesday 5 – Saturday 30 January 2016
Arcola Theatre, London
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