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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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The Story of the Black Widower

Doonreagan is a beautiful historic countryside retreat in Ireland, and the home of poet laureate, Ted Hughes, in the late 1960s. He moved there after the suicide of his wife Sylvia Plat, who killed herself by sticking her head in a gas oven. Ted Hughes is something of a black widower, because in 1969, his lover, Assia Wevill committed suicide in the same way. Was Hughes just drawn to women suffering from depression, or did he play a key role in what led to their tragic endings? Hughes and Wevill began their love affair while he was still married to Sylvia Plath; Wevill became pregnant, but had an early abortion. It was not long afterwards that Plath died.

In a new play by Ann Henning Jocelyn, Doonreagan explores the relationship between Hughes and Wevill. She stays true to real events, and the production even uses the original furniture from Doonreagan at their time of staying there. Tickets are 20 or 18 concession, and the show runs until the 21st September at the Jermyn Street Theatre,

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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: Until 21st September
Phone: 020 7287 2875
Where: Jermyn Street Theatre
Cost: 20m 18 concessions
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