The Vagina Monologues

Previewed 8 May, Opened 10 May 2001, Closed 22 September 2001 at the Ambassadors Theatre
Transferred 23 October 2001, Closed 23 February 2002 at the Arts Theatre
Transferred 26 February, Closed 22 June 2002 at the Ambassadors Theatre
Transferred 25 June 2002, Closed 12 October 2002 at the Arts Theatre
Previewed 5 April 2005, Opened 7 April 2005, Closed 14 May 2005 at the Wyndham's Theatre

Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in London for a strictly limited season

A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery.

Performed by three actresses as a series of monologues written by Eve Ensler which are based on interviews with over 200 women about their experiences and memories of sexuality, they give voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who sees it performed will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. PLEASE NOTE: Not suitable for children due to explicit language.

The West End casts:

8 May to 17 June 2001: Eve Ensler (performing solo)
19 June to 8 July 2001: Maureen Lipman, Edie Falco and Sophie Okonedo
10 to 29 July 2001: Mariella Frostrup, Amy Irving and Marianne Jean-Baptiste
31 July to 19 August 2001: Kika Markham, Dannii Minogue and Meera Syal
21 August to 9 September 2001: Jerry Hall, Josette Simon and Pam Ferris
11 to 22 September 2001: Jerry Hall, Josette Simon and Jenny Eclair

23 October to 3 November 2001: Sophie Dahl, Miriam Margolyes and Sian Phillips
5 to 17 November 2001: Sophie Dahl, Miriam Margolyes and Suzanne Bertish
19 November to 15 December 2001: Elizabeth McGovern, Nina Wadia and Laren Ward
17 December 2001 to 12 January 2002: Loretta 'Hotlips' Swit, Ruthie Henshall and Michelle Gomez
14 January to 2 February 2002: Caprice, Helen Lederer and Gina Yashere
4 to 23 February 2002: Lisa Stansfield, Anita Dobson and Cecilia Noble

26 February to 23 March 2002: Mel B, Rhona Cameron and Ingeborga Dapkunaite
25 March to 20 April 2002: Donna Air, Jackie Clune and Jenny Jules
22 April to 18 May 2002: Honor Blackman, Sarah Alexander and Josette Bushell-Mingo
20 May to 1 June 2002: Samantha Bond, Andrea Oliver and Jenny Eclair
3 to 22 June 2002: Samantha Bond, Andrea Oliver and Michelle Gomez

25 June to 20 July 2002: Aicha Kossoko, Rita Tushingham and Nina Wadia
22 July to 17 August 2002: Tilly Blackwood, Rula Lenska and Angie La Mar
19 August to 7 September 2002: Morwenna Banks, Lesley Joseph and Tanya Moodie
9 to 21 September 2002: Mina Anwar, Natasha Little and Deborah Weston
23 September to 12 October 2002: Mina Anwar, Trudie Styler and Harriet Thorpe

5 to 9 April 2005: Jenny Eclair, Diane Parish and Rula Lenska
11 to 16 April 2005: Jenny Eclair, Diane Parish and Lucy Speed
18 to 30 April 2005: Jenny Eclair, Diane Parish and Alison Newman
2 to 7 May 2005: Jenny Eclair, Heather Small and Rula Lenska
9 to 14 May 2005: Jenny Eclair, Heather Small and Christine Hamilton

Please Note: Naomi Campbell was due to perform from 25 March to 20 April 2002 but was replaced by Jenny Jules.

Please Note: The April to May 2005 run was originally due to feature four performers: Jenny Eclair, Naomie Harris, Sharon Osbourne and her eldest daughter Aimee Osbourne. Prior to opening Naomie Harris had to leave the show due to filming requirements. In addition Sharon Osbourne and Aimee Osbourne pulled out of this production three days before the first preview due to Aimee needing to have treatment for an undisclosed illness.

"[The Vagina Monologues] is inescapably universal for women, and manages to be feminist without being man-hating, entertaining without being trite, and political without being earnest... You meet Bob, the self-proclaimed vagina-phile, then you hear the chilling facts about female circumcision. If you can't deal with such details, then you shouldn't be at a play called the Vagina Monologues. If you can, just lie back and enjoy." The London Evening Standard

"[Eve Ensler] wanted to make us sit up and think about women: women's rights, women's needs and women's defencelessness. Most of all she wanted to draw attention to the violence against women that is endemic throughout the world. Of course, a snappy title isn't enough on its own: the show has to be good and on the basis that a million women can't be wrong it is. It finally arrives in the West End for a limited four-week run boasting an Obie award, a Drama Desk award nomination, and a recent performance at Madison Square Garden that raised $2m (1.4m)... But don't be cynical: the serious fund-raising, the huge website, the countless world-wide events all started with a one-woman show in a small off-Broadway theatre. How many plays can make that claim?" The Independent

"Since they were first performed in 1997, the monologues have evidently become holy writ, and although Ensler delivers them with the exact hilarious timing (and accent) of Ruby Wax, she also invests them with an air of enlightened piety that is, frankly, sickening. I mean, some of these monologues aren't even so great. They are often purplish, their hearts bleed on cue, and the true-life experiences they purport to relate - a 70-year-old New Yorker who hasn't been 'down there' for decades; a black Southern woman's lesbian awakenings; a middle-aged woman discovering orgasm at a vagina workshop; a woman raped in Bosnia - would be arguably a lot more valuable as documentary than as drama. But The Vagina Monologues is a drama, and Ensler has subsumed real women's experiences into a sort of swollen, aroused performance that is so filled with generous energy and delight in the audience that... well, you can't help thinking that if a man were talking about penises, he wouldn't be trying this hard. It certainly works; on the opening night they loved her in London as they have loved her, apparently, all round the globe." The Times

The Vagina Monologues in London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 5 April 2005, opened on 7 April 2005 and closed on 14 May 2005.