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“What’s the use of romance if there’s no truth in it?”


It is 1936 in a “wee one-eyed” town in Scotland. Jeannie is a drudge for her mean controlling father, but dreams of a different life. When she receives a large inheritance, she seizes the opportunity to finally escape to the glamour and sophistication of European travel.

During her stay in Vienna, she encounters Stanley, a washing machine inventor from Yorkshire, and then a real Viennese Count. But Jeannie is no pushover. She knows her own mind, she is a stickler for the truth, and she hates scroungers…

A 1930s version of the Cinderella story from a rediscovered female playwright, Jeannie is a charming light romantic comedy, ideal for the Christmas season, and unseen in London since 1940.

Critic reviews

A warm-hearted, interwar spin on the Cinderella story

Evening Standard

Jeannie is a champagne virgin – among other things

The Arts Desk

Jeannie is a hearty play, full of flawed characters who are all trying to navigate their way in and out of various situations, predictable and otherwise

A Younger Theatre

Mairi Hawthorn really gets her teeth into the titular heroine in Aimée Stuart’s 1940 play that creaks with age at times

The Guardian

Whimsical revival of a Viennese whirl by an intriguing forgotten female playwright

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 27 Nov - Sat 22 Dec, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions

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