Ladies Day

Commissioned by Hull Truck Theatre (2005)
Published by Nick Hern Books

Photo: Graeme Braidwood

“There’s more cash in here than we earn in a month. It’s a Robin Hood thing, in’t it? Get in.”

Life is one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when they head to Ladies Day at the races. Factory hairnets make way for fascinators as the four friends hit the races for an unforgettable day out.

Secrets are spilled with the champagne and friendships are tested to the limit. Yet as the day unfolds and tempers fray, their accumulator bet keeps quietly winning. If their luck and their nerve holds, the ladies could could hit the jackpot – and more.

Facts & Figures

Ladies Day has been reimagined and rewritten for a brand new production at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, opening July 13th 2018.

The original Ladies Day embarked on a 12-week UK tour, directed by Gareth Tudor Price

Subsequent productions include Liverpool Royal Court, the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, the Lichfield Garrick

Consistently appears in Nick Hern Book’s Top Ten Most Performed Plays and enjoys hundreds of amateur productions across the UK.

Adapted as a BBC Radio 4 Afternoon play, directed by Sarah Davies.

Ladies Day: Oldham Coliseum


Ladies Day

“A superbly observed story in which relationships are put under huge stress before the feelgood-factor ending. The 2018 version of Ladies’ Day shows that Amanda Whittington has lost none of her talent for creating multi-layered characters that most people can identify with.”

British Theatre Guide

“What sets Wolverhampton Grand’s production of Ladies’ Day apart is the depth with which each character has been written, the charm of the ladies’ intertwining stories and the strength of characterisation.”

The Reviews Hub

“Whittington has carved a niche as an intelligent, popular writer with a particular ability to encapsulate the aspirations of unglamorous women who feel they deserve better … [her] characters are untouchable when they keep their white stilettos firmly on the ground.”

The Guardian

“Has all the makings of a huge hit … with its Yorkshire heart and soul, it has all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or Full Monty.”

Yorkshire Post

“Amanda Whittington's sporting romp Ladies' Day is as much fun as a day at the races and, arguably, better value for money.”

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