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image for Play item typeNye & Jennie at Theatr Stiwt Theatre

Play, Fri 9 Nov 2018, £8-£12




Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee were comrades and flatmates who together fought and preached for socialism as they saw it; he the Tredegar firebrand on the Labour backbenches, she the miner’s daughter from Fife who became a Socialist MP before she was old enough to vote.

Then they were married; he deeply in love with her; she on the rebound from a tragic love affair. Both of them were loved and loathed by their fellow MP’s; he the Bollinger Bolshevik; she his Lady Macbeth, the dark angel at his shoulder. Life together unfolded through the desolate war years, the trials of founding the NHS, and the vicious internal feuds of the 1950’s. But as it did so their love deepened and matured. This is the story of a partnership that became one of the outstanding political marriages of the twentieth century.

Aneurin Bevan (Nye), will be well known to most people as the founder of the NHS and what better time to celebrate his achievement with the 70th anniversary of the NHS in 2018. Jennie Lee, born in Lochgelly, Fife, became the youngest woman at the time to be elected to Parliament, before she was old enough to vote. As the first Arts Minister she left a legacy of her own including the foundation of the Open University in 1969 which will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2019. Meredydd Barker’s play introduces us to the power couple of their day, their relationship, the preparation for the biggest moments in their careers and the people behind the public images. The play spans their life together from flatmates, their marriage in 1934, to Nye’s death in 1960, marking notable events in their public and private life along the way. This is the story of a partnership that became one of the outstanding political marriages of the twentieth century.


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Fri 9 Nov 2018 19:30


Ticket prices: £12.00, Concessions £10.00, Students £8.00.

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Y Stiwt,
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Map reference: SJ 292465  Lat: 53.01111 Long: -3.05667

South from Wrexham on the A483; Junction 2 - B5426 to Rhosllannerchrugog. From roundabout, follow signs to Stiwt.

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Wrexham General station