Please be advised that during this time of mourning,our theatre show are going ahead as scheduled.

“***** An absolutely splendid show… Tremendous verve and no little pathos… A very classy production.  Delightful” –
***** Sublime and very funny… A very strong production of this exceptional play… Highly recommended” –



Larkin Helen

Strut & Fret present

Larkin with women

My success has been built on failure.  It’s only as a failure that I’ve been a success”

Meet Philip Larkin.

Arguably, Britain’s greatest poet of the 20th century.  Certainly, a highly complex and controversial figure.  In this, his centenary year, Larkin divides opinion more than ever.  A literary lion to some, an unforgiveable bigot to others.  To Larkin, his life was a failure, but his work is still largely acclaimed a triumph.  Can you loathe the man and admire the work?  Somehow, three strong, intelligent, independent women seemed to love both.

‘Larkin with Women’, Ben Brown’s award-winning play, is a provocative, funny and moving exposé of the last thirty years of Larkin’s life - dominated by his relationships, and often simultaneous affairs, with a trio of very different women.  The Bard of Humberside was also a most unlikely Don Juan in Hull.  Despite everything – the cynicism, selfishness and drink-sodden depression - all three stayed loyal until the bitter end.  And for the most surprising of reasons…

This powerhouse production from five-star company Strut & Fret sits at the heart of the official ‘Larkin100’ programme.  Commemorating his centenary, it’s the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the enigma of Philip Larkin - as writer, lover and human being.

With Annabel Miller, Lynne Harrison, Mia Skytte & Daniel Wain

Directed by John Gilbert & Jenny Hobson

Designed by Junis Olmscheid

Lighting design by Richard Evans & Sound design by Harry Jacobs




Ticket information:

Performance dates: August 31st - Sepember 17th

Performance time: 7.30 pm (Tuesday - Saturday)

                                 Matinees Wednesday 14th and Saturdays at 2.30pm

Tickets: 19.50 / £16.50 concessions

           Reduced price preview on Wednesday 31st August  & Thursday 1 September : £16.50 / £15.00

Special Guest Panel Discussion with Q&A Wednesday 14th at 2.30pm - SOLD OUT

Strut & Fret is delighted to announce that, as the matinee performance of ‘Larkin With Women’ on Wednesday 14th September (and the subsequent Q&A) is completely sold-out, we will be hosting a second chance to hear Rosie Millard and Daniel Wain discuss Philip Larkin, his life, works and ‘women’.  This will follow the matinee performance on SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER All those with a ticket for that performance (which starts at 2.30pm) are invited to stay to join the discussion with Rosie (President of the Philip Larkin Society) and Daniel (who plays Larkin in the production).  Other members of the cast will also be present.  ‘Larkin With Women’ has opened to five-star reviews, very enthusiastic audience feedback and standing ovations.  To book for any performance up to and including Saturday 17th, please visit



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