It’s gorgeous hair you’ve got. It’s a shame to hide it.

Rivka wants the perfect wedding. She has the man, the dress, the wig and two weeks to go. But when doubt is cast on her wig everything starts to unravel and Rivka finds herself far from home, up a tree and caught up in the eviction of an anti road protest, not knowing whether she’ll be able to go back to where she came from, or whether she wants to.

Samantha Ellis’ play was inspired by a chance remark by Victoria Beckham in 2004 which sparked a crisis within the Orthodox Jewish community about the wigs worn by married women.

Samantha Ellis wrote Cling To Me Like Ivy whilst on attachment at The REP. Her previous plays include Patching Havoc (Theatre 503), A Sudden Visitation of Calamity (Menagerie Theatre), Startle Response (Young Vic workshop) and Sugar And Snow (BBC Radio 4).

Following the play’s premiere in The Door the production will tour, supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

Tour details:

Wed 3 March
The Venue, Walsall College Wisemore Campus
Box Office 01922 657000 ex8585

Fri 5 March
Wem Town Hall, Shropshire
Box Office 01939 237075

Sat 6 March
Little Wenlock Village Hall
Box Office 01952 505888

Tue 9 March
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln
Box Office 0844 888 4414
Book Online

Wed 10 March
Styrrup Village Hall, Doncaster
Box Office 01302 752515

Thu 11 March
Ashfield School, Kirkby In Ashfield
Box Office 01623 455000

Fri 12 March
Tealby Village Hall, Lincolnshire
Box Office 01673 838718/838130

Tue 16 to Sat 20 March
Drum Theatre Plymouth
Box Office 01752 267222
Book Online

Mon 22 & Tue 23 March
The Lowry, Salford
Box Office 0843 208 6010
Book Online

Thu 25 & Fri 26 March
The North Wall, Oxford
Box Office 01865 319450
Book Online

This play was developed with the support of the European Association for Jewish Culture

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking


  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
  • The small studio theatre at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
  • Phone: 0121 245 2000
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any chance of CTMLI coming to London? Lyn G gave it a v g tweet review just now.

HI Polly - thanks for your message. The play is touring after its run at The REP (tour details above) but there are currently no plans for a London date. However Birmingham is only 1 hour 20 minutes away from London on the train so it would be great it you could make it!

I would love to see the play 'Cling to me like Ivy' currently writing a book proposal with an Orthodox Jewish theme running through it (I am a student of the National Academy of Writing at Birmingham City University..but not able to view it this coming wednesday. Any chance of you either performing it at the university some time OR...bringing it to a venue...jewish London.
look forward to hearing from you


Hi Carol - thank you for your message. The play runs at The REP until this Saturday so you have a few more days to catch it here. It then goes on tour (all the tour details are listed above) but we currently don't have any plans for a further tour after this one, so hopefully you will be able to see it at one of these venues. Good luck with your book too!

Saw this play on 20.2.10, really enjoyed it, acting was superb and with the play being shown in the Door you felt like you were in the Kitchen with them all. Well done

This is a brilliant play in every respect: acting, design, plot, humour, factual content - I could go on. I think "word of mouth" brought many people to see it. I recommended to friends who recommended it to their friends and so on; we spoke to other people in the audience who also were there because of personal recommendation. I therefore think it is a great pity that the tour is so limited and there are no plans for more.