Shoe Lady

Royal Court Theatre, London
Shoe Lady
Royal Court Theatre, London
Our Review 3 / 5

“We’ve got no money but we’re still in Waitrose twice a day.
Because going to Tesco just makes life not even worth living.”

Viv has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do.

The curtains are falling, her foot is bleeding, and she’s starting to feel a little overwhelmed.
But all will be well in the world once she finds that missing shoe.

“It’s incredibly hard isn’t it. To stay afloat.
It’s incredibly hard not to sink to the bottom.”

E.V. Crowe returns to the Royal Court where her previous plays include The Sewing Group, Hero and Kin. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone directs.

Previews from |
4th March 2020
Booking from |
5th July 2020
Available until |
21st March 2020
Closes |
21st March 2020
E.V. Crowe
Vicky Featherstone

Royal Court Theatre Venue Information

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Nearest tube:
Sloane Square

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Our Review of Shoe Lady


The Observer's Susannah Clapp described E.V. Crowe's last play at the Royal Court, The Sewing Group in 2016, as being a "Caryl Churchill-influenced play." Now, in her fourth play for the theatre (but the first to be seen in the main house), Crowe seems to be equally indebted to Samuel Beckett, in this earnest study of a woman hobbling through life on one shoe after her other one mysteriously vanishes, which she only realises as she's going down the stairs at the tube and another... Read more

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Katherine Parkinson to star in Shoe Lady at the Royal Court
Monday, 03 February, 2020, 15:15
Katherine Parkinson is set to star in EV Crowe’s new play Shoe Lady at the Royal Court in March, in artistic director Vicky Featherstone’s production. Crowe has previously written The Sewing Group, Hero and Kin at the Royal Court, and her latest play is about a woman called Viv who is feeling overwhelmed, but believes everything will be okay when she finds her missing work shoe. Parkinson plays Viv, her first stage appearance since her Olivier Award-nominated...
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