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The Jewess of Jews Walk

A new play explores the life and death of Karl Marx's daughter

    Sarah Whitehouse and David Sayers in The Jewess of Jews Walk
    Sarah Whitehouse and David Sayers in The Jewess of Jews Walk (Photo: Mark Drinkwater)

    The life and mysterious death of Karl Marx’s youngest daughter, Eleanor are explored in a new play at the Sydenham Centre,in south east London, near where she lived and died.

    Eleanor Marx was an actor, translator (of her father's works as well as Flaubert and Ibsen), a political campaigner, social activist and very much a woman ahead of her time.

    In 1896 she moved to 7, Jews Walk, Sydenham styling herself 'The Jewess of Jews Walk' - with her common law 'husband' Edward Aveling, and died there two years later.  What happened there remains a mystery, though the coroner ruled that she died of self-administered prussic acid poisoning in 1898. But was it suicide or murder?

    The play, by Lucy  Kaufman, confronts themes of love and betrayal, domestic abuse and the role of women in Victorian society. .

    The show runs for 16 performances from Wed 18 April to Sat 12 May, mostly Wed-Sat plus extra shows on Tue 24 April and Tue 1 May

    www.spontaneousproductions.co.uk/marx