Modest Tickets

Kiln Theatre, London
29 June 2023 - 15 July 2023

Theatre, music hall and drag king swagger collide as Modest brings you a Victorian art scene superstar. 

Written by Ellen Brammar, with music by Rachel Barnes, Modest is performed by a fabulous cast featuring the UK’s hottest drag talent.

This electrifying new play will break your heart and start a revolution.

Modest plays at the Kiln Theatre in London from 29 June to 15 July 2023.

What's the story of Modest?

“Cause here she comes. She’s the baddest, bitchin’ babe of art.”

In 1874 Elizabeth Thompson stuns the Royal Academy with her painting, Roll Call. Five years later, she falls two votes short of becoming the first woman elected to the academy.

In between, she must shoulder the hopes and dreams of women across the country – including her suffragette sister – while fighting for her place at a table full of top hats, ties and mutton chop beards. 

Who is in the cast of Modest?

Emer Dineen (Pecs, Haus of Dons) stars as Elizabeth.

The cast also includes LJ Parkinson (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Death Drop) aka LoUis CYfer; Fizz Sinclair (Mulan Rouge); Isabel Adomakoh Young (Heartstopper, Netflix); Jacqui Bardelang (Sink the Pink, Mulan Rouge); and Libra Teejay (When All Is Said) are the cast of Royal Academicians, and multi-role as the women in Elizabeth’s life.

Who are the creative team of Modest?

Writer Ellen Brammar; Co-directed by Luke Skilbeck (Milk Presents) and Paul Smith (Middle Child); Composer & Musical Director Rachel Barnes; Set Design QianEr Jin; Lighting Design Jessie Addinall; Sound Design and Music Production Eliyana Evans; Costume Design Terry Herfield; Movement Directors Tamar and Jo Dance Company; Assistant Director Prime Isaac; Dramaturgy Matthew May, Luke Skilbeck, Paul Smith.

Produced by Middle Child (The Canary and the Crow; All We Ever Wanted Was Everything) in collaboration with Milk Presents(JOAN; Trans Filth and Joy), Modest was developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme and is funded by Arts Council England and Hull City Council.

Show Information

Performance dates
29 June 2023 - 15 July 2023
Age restrictions
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

Important Notes

Content Advisory:

Strong language, misogyny, and detailed description of combat injuries.

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Venue Information

Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR
Nearest Tube or Train: Kilburn (Jubilee line) / Brondesbury rail station
Nearest Buses: 16, 32, 189, 332, 632

Ticket Information

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