The Wolves

The Wolves

★★★★★ 'The play is a badass Ballon d’Or of authentic bravery.' Afridiziak

★★★★ 'As exhilarating a 90 minutes as you can hope to spend in the theatre… leaves you breathless.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘An intricate portrait of young womanhood... bruisingly authentic. A true ensemble piece, absorbing and stealthily affecting. Score.’ The Times

★★★★ ‘Extremely funny, often crude, beautifully observed, quietly devastating.WhatsOnStage

★★★★ 'A skilful coming-of-age tale... tightly choreographed.' The Stage

★★★★  'Ellen McDougall’s production is skilfully orchestrated.' Evening Standard

★★★★ 'A delicate, accomplished coming-of-age play that cleverly puts young female bodies centre stage without objectifying anyone.' Sunday Times

★★★★ 'An absolute knockout.' The Upcoming 

★★★★ 'Witty, poignant and urgent... These women are dynamic, decisive, determined and deserving.' Broadway World 

Stretch, squat, lunge, kick. Somewhere in Middle America, an all-girl high school soccer team prepares. A pack of teenage warriors ready for battle. All that matters is the win.

Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning play uniquely captures the essence of being a young woman today. The girls talk about everything from genocide and refugees to Harry Potter and tampons, wrestling with the big and small questions of our times.

Disarmingly authentic and fiercely funny, THE WOLVES is a portrait of self-discovery and ambition, speaking to the 16 year old in all of us.

After receiving ★★★★★ reviews in New York. Sarah DeLappe's award-winning debut play receives its European premiere at Theatre Royal Stratford East in a new production by Gate Theatre's Artistic Director Ellen McDougall.


The Wolves is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.

Take a look at our blog to see what inspired THE WOLVES.

Rehearsal Photos: Manuel Harlan
Training Photos: The Other Richard

More Information

Previews: Wed 24 - Mon 29 Oct
Time: 7.30pm (with selected matinees at 2.30pm)
Price: From £10
Runtime: 90 minutes (no interval)
Age Guidance: 14+ (see Trigger Warnings)
 £10 tickets for under 26s.
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.

Access performances
BSL Performance – Thu 15 Nov, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance – Fri 16 Nov, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance – Sat 17 Nov, 2.30pm

Post-show Talks (free)
Thu 01 Nov - Sarah DeLappe and Ellen McDougall, hosted by Nadia Fall
Thu 15 Nov - In conversation with the cast

  • Thrilling! THE WOLVES keeps you on the edge of your seat.
    The New York Times
  • Exceptional.
    Time Out New York
  • Hilarious. Shattering. Extraordinary.
    Hollywood Reporter
Cast and Creative

Writer – Sarah DeLappe
Director – Ellen McDougall
Designer – Rosie Elnile
Lighting Designer – Joshua Pharo
Movement Director – Ayse Tashkiran
Music and Sound – Ben and Max Ringham
Associate Designer – Natalie Pryce
Dialect – Michaela Kennen
Casting Director – Lotte Hines
Assistant Director - Jasmine Teo

Annabel Baldwin - #46
Seraphina Beh – #00
Nina Bowers – #11
Lauren Grace - #7
Francesca Henry - #2
Kristin Hutchinson – Soccer Mom
Shalisha James-Davis - #8
Hannah Jarrett-Scott - #25
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers - #14
Rosie Sheehy – #13


Annabel Baldwin plays #46. Theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre) and Captain Alan of Canary Wharf (Edinburgh Fringe/Camden Fringe). Her film credit is Servants’ Quarters.

Seraphina Beh plays #00. Theatre credits include Leave Taking and Black Attack (Bush Theatre); Parliament Square (Royal Exchange/Bush Theatre); Cosmic Jives (Albany); My Beautiful City (Arcola); Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith); Ondisting; Romeo & Juliet Et Al and Skeen (Ovalhouse). Her television credits include EastEnders, Casualty, Game Face and Live at the Electric.

Nina Bowers plays #11. Theatre credits include The Magic Flute (Aix‐en‐Provence Festival, Complicité); Crave (The Pit, Barbican); Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Gate Theatre) and Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty (Tour, Complicité). She also wrote and co‐devised Nina Talks About Her Values which was performed at Camden People’s Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe 2017.

Lauren Grace plays #7. Theatre credits include Charlie Sonata (Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh). Her film credits include Bird (nominated for a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Actress in short film) and Zero.

Francesca Henry plays #2. This is Francesca’s professional debut. She has been working with OV12 director Hannah Bannister on a new play Water Wings written by Isley Lynn.

Kristin Hutchinson plays Soccer Mom. Her theatre credits include Judith (Arcola & UK Tour); Cell (Young Vic); Beyond Caring (UK & European Tour); Grey Man (Theatre 503); Howard Barker Double Bill (Arcola); Beyond Caring, Beauty and the Beast, Waves (National Theatre, UK & European Tour & Broadway), A Dream Play, Iphigenia at Aulis (National Theatre); The Empress, Creation, Passion, The Mysteries (Royal Shakespeare Company); Live Like Pigs (Royal Court); Worker’s Playtime/The Jewish Wife, Party Time/One For The Road (Battersea Arts Centre); Autumn and Winter (Orange Tree); How The Other Half Loves, Tons of Money (Bristol Old Vic); Top Girls, Dancing at Lughnasa, King David, The Europeans (Mercury Theatre, Colchester). Television credits include Measure for Measure, Pie in the Sky, Wycliffe and Doctors.

Shalisha James-Davis plays #8. Theatre credits include Our Country's Good and Notre Dame (National Theatre). Television credits are Silent Witness, Next Of Kin, Vera and Class Student and film credit is Mary Queen of Scots.

Hannah Jarrett-Scott plays #25. Theatre credits include Pride & Prejudice (*Sort Of) (Tron Theatre); A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline (Gilded Balloon); Glory On Earth and Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Once This Is All Over We Still Have To Clear Up (Yellow Magpies/Edinburgh Festival Theatre); Janis Joplin: Full Tilt (Theatre Royal Stratford East & Assembly Rooms) and Midsummer Songs (New Wolsey Theatre). Television credit is Trust Me.

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers plays #14. Her television credits include Game of Thrones Series 5-7, Una Grande Famiglia, Paura D’Amare, Mia & Me and Cenerentola. Her film credits include Trading Paint and Maraviglioso.

Rosie Sheehy plays #13. Theatre credits include The Whale (Theatre Royal Bath); Uncle Vanya (Theatre Clwyd/Sheffield Theatres, for which she won the 'Best Female Performance in the English Language’ award at the Wales Theatre Awards 2018); Escape the Scaffold (Theatre 503); Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre); Bird (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) and Chicken (Paines Plough). Her screen credits include Chernobyl and DCI Banks.

Sarah DeLappe's debut play The Wolves (The Playwrights Realm/NY Stage & Film/Lincoln Center Theater) was a co-winner of the Relentless Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Yale Drama Series Prize.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits at the Gate include Effigies of Wickedness (2018); The Tale of the Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014). Other credits include Othello (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe), the Lyric’s annual pantomime Aladdin (2016) and Cinderella (2015); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre/Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie (Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth, (Unicorn Theatre), Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) which was nominated for an Olivier Award. McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists' Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012. Ellen is directing Dear Elizabeth later this year at the Gate Theatre.









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