Aphra Behn was our country’s first professional female playwright.
Leading a double life as a successful spy, her story carries us from Harbledown in Kent to The Netherlands and Surinam.
Writing less than 100 years after Marlowe and Shakespeare, she was the most successful writer of her age. A fierce monarchist and friend to the notorious libertine John Wilmot, The Earl of Rochester, her works delighted and shocked in equal measure.
As Virginia Woolf wrote. “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”