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Ann Mitchell

Ann Mitchell

Ann started her career with training at the pioneering E15 acting school under the guidance of Joan Littlewood. Since then she has worked solidly in theatre, television, film and radio, starting with "Diary of a Young Man", a series written for her by John McGrath and Troy Kennedy Martin, directed by Ken Loach.

Her work spans drama and comedy and also includes direction, writing and teaching.

Ann has taught many of today’s leading younger actors through her involvement with respected drama schools and colleges including RADA, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, E15 Acting School, Rose Bruford, Weekend Arts College (WAC), the London Dramatic Academy (the London campus of Fordham University) and the Jesuit University of New York.

In 2016 Ann was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London. You can watch her acceptance speech here.

Ann is a Trustee of The Unity Theatre Trust, Patron of The Sussex Beacon, Patron of Trauma Foundation South West, and Patron of Clean Break.

Ann has two sons and lives in London.

Ann Mitchell - Awards and Nominations

Honorary Doctorate of Arts 2016 - University of East London
Laurence Olivier Awards 2004 - Nominee for Best Actress for her performance in Through The Leaves
Evening Standard Drama Awards 2003
- Nominee for Best Actress for her performance in Through The Leaves Theatregoers’ Choice Awards 2003 - Nominee for Best Actress for her performance in Through The Leaves
Independent on Sunday 1992 - Performance of the Year for Hecuba, by the Independent on Sunday newspaper
PYE Television Award 1985 - For the female who made the greatest impact on television for her role as Dolly Rawlins in Widows
Susan Smith Blackburn prize 1981-82 - Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for her co-written play "Kiss and Kill"


Ann Mitchell - Television

Ann is perhaps best known for her role as Cora Cross in Eastenders and for award winning role as the strong, vulnerable Dolly Rawlins in Lynda La Plante's Widows, Widows II and She's Out, which was written for her by Lynda.

In "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" by Jonathan Harvey the role of "Miss Twitch" was created specifically for her.

Ann has appeared in many of the most popular UK television series ranging from drama to comedy including Z Cars, The Bill, French & Saunders, The Detectives, Play for Today.

Ann Mitchell - Television - Productions

Eastenders 2011 - Present
BBC Television
Series cast member
As Cora Cross

The Road to Brexit 2019
BBC Television
Objective Fiction

Call The Midwife
BBC Television
Neal Street Productions
Series 8
As Elsie Dyer

Hetty Feather 2017
BBC Television
"Dangerous Game"
"The Break"
"The Unexpected Friend"
"News from Nowhere"
As Miss Smith

The Many Faces of Dame Judi Dench 2011
BBC Television
Green Inc Productions
Series 2 episode 2
As herself

Casualty 2009
BBC Television, Series 23 Episodes "True Lies", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Better Drowned", "The Price We Pay"
As Margaret Samson

The Bill 2008
Directed by A. J. Quinn for Thames Television
"Sins of the Father"
parts 1 & 2
As Doreen Fallon

Heartbeat 2007
Directed by Judith Dine
"Only Make Believe"
As Iris Grocott

Jane Hall 2006
Directed by Euros Lyn & Sydney Macartney
As Lillian

Tunnel of Love
Directed by John Henderson
As Rita

As Jane Williams

Gimme Gimme Gimme 2000
Directed by Liddy Oldroyd
As Miss Twitch, created for her by Jonathan Harvey

Summer in The Suburbs
Directed by David Attwood for BBC Television
As Mulligan

The Bill 2000
Directed by John Davies
"Zero Tolerance"
As Val Davies

Verdict 1998
As Judge Jane Harrison

Harry 1998
Directed by Robert Walker fro BBC Television
As Mrs Penrose QC

Supply & Demand II 1998
Directed by Warris Hussein for La Plante Productions
As Caroline

Kavanagh QC 1998
Directed by Peter Smith for Carlton Television
As Mrs Justice Addis in Bearing Witness

Alas Smith & Jones 1997
As Dolly Rawlins

Deep Secrets 1996
Directed by Diarmuid Lawrence for Granada Television
As Fran

The Detectives
Directed by Graeme Harper
As Superintendent Simmons

French & Saunders 1996
Directed by Thalia Wing for BBC Television
As herself and Dolly Rawlins

She's Out
Directed by Ian Toynton for Cinema Verity
As Dolly Rawlins

Frank Stubbs Promotes 1994
Directed by Nick Hurran for Noel Gay Television
As Mrs Laker

The Bill 1994
Directed by Jim Goddard for Thames Television
"The Road Not Taken"
As Sue Cooper

Mrs Warren's Profession 1992
Directed by Giles Havergal for BBC Television
As Mrs Warren

Growing Pains 1992
Directed by Michael Simpson for BBC Television
As Susie

Maigret 1992
As Mme Moncin in Maigret Sets a Trap

Taggart 1992
As Annie Gilmore in Nest of Vipers

The Bill
Directed by Aisling Walsh for Thames Television
As Mrs. Cook

The Bill 1990
Directed by Michael Simpson for Thames Television
"Information Received"
As Miss Alexander

BBC Television

Bergerac 1988
BBC Television
As Lola Betts in Whatever Lola Wants

Widows II 1985
Directed by Ian Toynton for Thames Television
As Dolly Rawlins

You Can't Live On Cake1983
Directed by Martyn Friend
BBC Television
As Mary Simmonds

Widows 1983
Directed by Paul Annett for Thames Television
As Dolly Rawlins

Window Sir 1982
Directed by Don Leaver
Central Television
As Morved

Blunt Instrument 1980
Directed by Peter Cregeen
As Miss Grindley
London Weekend Television

Fire 1980
Directed by Marek Kanievska
BBC Television
As The Mother

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1978
Directed by Moira Amrstrong for Scottish Television
As Miss Michaels

Directed by Marek Kanievska
BBC Television
As Sister Roberts

A Light That Shines 1977
Directed by Marek Kanievska
BBC2 Play of the Week
As Mother

Killers 1976
Directed by Don Leaver
"The Crumbles Murder"
As Mrs. Harrison

Crown Court 1976

Upstairs Downstairs 1975
London Weekend Television

Within These Walls 1975
London Weekend Television
As Kathleen Marsh

Play For Today 1973
Directed by Michael Apted
"Highway Robbery"
As Amenties Officer

Talking To A Stranger 1966
Directed by Christopher Moran
BBC Television
As Mother as a young woman

Dixon Of Dock Green
As Mrs Stubbings

Thirty Minute Theatre
Friday Night's The Best Night
Directed by Peter Duguid
As Pat

The Debussy Film 1965
Directed by Ken Russell

Always On Sunday
Directed by Ken Russell
As herself

Up The Junction 1965
Directed by Ken Loach
BBC Television
As Marie

Z Cars 1964
Directed by Ridley Scott
BBC Television
As Mrs. Napier

Diary Of A Young Man 1964
Directed by Ken Loach
BBC Television
As Eileen

Directed by Ken Russell
BBC Television

Catch Hand 1964
Directed by Michael Simpson
As Helen Woods

That Was The Week That Was 1963

The Scheme 1963
Directed by Don Higgins
As Country Girl

Elsie Dyer in Call The Midwife

Miss. Smith in Hetty Feather

Cora Cross in Eastenders

Dolly Rawlins in She’s Out

Dolly Rawlins in Widows I & II

Rita in Tunnel of Love

Miss Twitch in Gimme Gimme Gimme


Ann Mitchell - Film

Throughout her career, Ann has worked with many fine directors both in the Independent Film and Mainstream sectors including Ken Loach (Diary of a Young Man, Up The Junction), Ken Russell (Rousseau, The Debussy Film, Always On Sunday), John Schlesinger (Yanks), Just Jaeckin (Lady Chatterley's Lover), Menno Meyjes (Manolete/The Passion Within/A Matador’s Mistress), Terrence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea), and most recently the great Steve McQueen (Widows).

Ann Mitchell - Film - Productions

Directed by Steve McQueen
As Amanda's mother

Directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
As Hilda

Lady M
Directed by Tammy Riley-Smith
As Cleopatra

Directed by Andrew Tiernan
As Margaret Grosvenor

Directed by Charlie Cattrall
As Marina

The Deep Blue Sea
Directed by Terrence Davies
As Mrs Elton

Some Break
Directed by Rob Ryan
Red Bee
As Sandra

The Passion Within/Manolete
Written and directed by Menno Meyjes
Co-starring as Doña Angustias

What's Your Name 41?
Directed by Marcel Grant
Shipwreck Films
Starring as Joanna Castelloe

Tantalus: Behind The Mask
Directed by Dirk Olson and Benjamin Francis Phelan
Starring as Hecuba, Aethra, The Nurse and herself

Man In A Fog
Transatlantic Films

Paper Marriage/ Papierowe malzenstwo
Directed by Krzysztof Lang
Mark Forstater Productions & Zespol Filmowy (Pl)
Starring as Phyllida

Friend Or Foe
Directed by John Krish for the Children's Foundation

Lady Chatterly's Lover
Directed by Just Jaeckin
London-Cannon Films
Co-starring as Ivy Bolton

Murder By Decree
Directed by Bob Clark
Decree Productions
As Jayne

Directed by John Schlesinger
JLVC Films

The Haunting of Julia/Full Circle
Directed by Richard Loncraine


As Amanda's Mother
Directed by Steve McQueen

The Deep Blue Sea

As Mrs Elton
Directed by Terrence Davies


As Marina
Directed by Charlie Cattrell


As Doña Angustias
Written and directed by Menno Meyjes


Ann Mitchell - Theatre

Since the 1960s, Ann has starred in many leading theatrical productions in the UK and Europe, and in the USA where she received great acclaim for her three roles (Hecuba, Nurse, Aethra) in the Royal Shakespeare Company's mammoth production of "Tantalus".

The plays Summit Conference (Eva Braun) by Robert David McDonald and Guinevere (Guinevere) by Pam Gems were written specifically for her.

Ann Mitchell - Theatre - Productions

A View From Islington North
Arts Theatre, London, 2016, By Alistair Beaton, Stella Feehily, David Hare, Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

The Stock Da'wa
Hampstead Theatre, London, 2011 By David Eldridge, directed by Kathy Burke.

A Thousand Stars Explode in The Sky
Lyric Hammersmith, London, 2010 Directed by Sean Holmes
British premiere

Arcola Theatre, London, 2010 Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson As Frau Zucker
British premiere

The House of Bernarda Alba
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 2009 Directed by Patrick Sandford As Bernarda

Romeo & Juliet
Temple Middle Hall, London, 2008 Directed by Tamara Harvey As The Nurse

Angels in America
UK Tour 2007 Directed by Daniel Kramer As Hannah, and others
• Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 20 April to 12 May • Northern Stage Theatre, Newcastle, 16 May to 26 May • Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 29 May to 2 June • Lowry - Quays Theatre, Manchester, 5 June to 9 June • The Lyric Theatre, London, 20 June to 22 July

The Wooden Breaks
The Old Vic London
Directed by Wilson Mylam As Nelle

Big Love
The Gate Theatre, London, 2006 Directed by Melissa Keivman As Bella and Eleanor

Whose Life is it Anyway?

The Comedy Theatre, London, 2005 Directed by Sir Peter Hall As Sister Anderson

Through The Leaves
The Duchess Theatre, London 2004 Southwark Playhouse, London, 2003 Directed by Daniel Kramer As Martha, starring with Simon Callow

The Destiny of Me
The Leicester Playhouse, 2002 By Larry Kramer Directed by Simon Callow

The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 2002 Directed by Phillip Prowse As Agrippina

Intimate Death
National Theatre Studio
Directed by Mick Gordon

The Royal Shakespeare Company at: The Barbican Theatre, London, 2001- The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, 2000 Directed by Sir Peter Hall & Edward Hall As Hecuba, Aethra and The Nurse

The Road to Mecca
The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, 1997 Directed by Greg Hersov As Helen

The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1996 Directed by Phillip Prowse As Gertrude

The Gate Theatre, London, 1992 Directed by Laurence Boswell As Hecuba

The Rivals
The Nottingham Playhouse, 1992 Directed by James McDonald As Mrs Malaprop

Mrs Warren's Profession
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1990 Directed by Giles Havergal As Mrs Warren

Steel Magnolias
First National UK Tour, 1998 Directed by Roger Haynes

Divine Gossip

The Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1987 Directed by Barry Kyle As Frieda Lawrence

The Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1986 Directed by Susan Todd

The Comedians
The Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 1985 As Ella Walters

Edward Bond's The War Plays
The Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1985 Directed by Edward Bond & Nick Hamm As The Woman (I/II/III)

Mary Stuart
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1985 Directed by Phillip Prowse As Mary Stuart

The Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1984 Directed by Bill Alexander

The Way of The World
The Citizen's Theatre
London season at the Greenwich Theatre, 1984 Directed by Giles Havergal As Mrs Marwood

The White Devil
The Citizen's Theatre
London season at the Greenwich Theatre, 1984 Directed by Philip Prowse As Cordelia

A Matter of Life and Death
The Royal National Theatre, London, 1983 Directed by Di Trevis

Mary Barnes
The Royal Court Theatre, London, 1979 Directed by Peter Farago As Brenda

Live Like Pigs
The Royal Court Theatre, London, 1978 By John Arden Directed by Philip Hedley

The Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1978 Directed by Susan Todd As Guinivere Written for Ann by Pam Gems


The Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1978 Directed by Susan Todd As Rosa Luxembourg

Summit Conference
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1978
Directed by Phillip Prowse As Eva Braun Written for Ann by Robert David Macdonald

Semi Monde
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1977
Directed by Phillip Prowse As Inez

What The Butler Saw
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1977
Directed by Sara Pia Anderson As Mrs Prentice

The Young Vic, London, 1975
By David Rudkin Directed by Ron Daniels As Mrs. Jones/Nurse/Valerie/Receptionist/Jennifer

Titus Andronicus
The Round House Theatre, London, 1974 Directed by Keith Hack As Tamara

Rock Garden
The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 1973 Directed by Robert Walker

Sara B Divine
The Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre, London, 1973 Directed by Robert Walker As Sara Bernhardt

Orpheus Descending
The Watford Palace Theatre, 1972
Directed by Stephen Hollis

Ladies in Retirement
The Watford Palace Theatre, 1972
Directed by Peter Watson As Sister Theresa

The Baccae
The Watford Palace Theatre, 1972
Directed by Robert Walker

The Erpingham Camp
The Watford Palace Theatre, 1972
Directed by Ian McKellen As Lou

Don Juan
The Watford Palace Theatre, 1972 Directed by Stephen Hollis As Mathurine

Private Lives
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1972 Directed by Robert Walker As Amanda

A Taste of Honey
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1971 Directed by Keith Hack As Helen

A Cool Million
The Citizen's Close Theatre, Glasgow, 1970 By Nathaniel West Directed by Robert Walker As Betty Prail

The Cenci
The Citizen's Close Theatre, Glasgow, 1970 By Antonin Artaud
Directed by Robert Walker As Beatrice

Mother Courage
The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1970 Directed by Robert Walker As Mother Courage

The Hero Rises Up
The Round House Theatre, London, 1968
Written and Directed by John Arden & Margaretta D'Arcy As Lady Hamilton

London, Berlin and European tour 1967

You'll Come To Love Your Sperm Test
The Hampstead Theatre Club, 1966
Written & Directed by John Antrobus

The Recruiting Officer
UK Schools Tour, 1964
By George Farquhar
As Sylvia

Twelfth Night
UK Schools Tour, 1964
By William Shakespeare
As Viola & Sebastian

A View From Islington North

As Ayn Rand in Ayn Rand Takes A Stand by Sir David Hare, at The Arts Theatre, London, 2016, British Premiere, Directed by Max Stafford-Clark

The Guardian - Michael Billington: “Magnificently played by Ann Mitchell as a throaty, entrepreneurial Mae West”. What’s On Stage - Alun Hood: “Hare's writing is exquisite - playful, trenchant, frequently hilarious - and he is exceptionally well served by Ann Mitchell whose barnstormingly extravagant performance as Rand is the stuff that theatregoers' memories are made of.” The Stage - Mark Shenton: Ann Mitchell in hilarious, outrageous form as the Russian-born novelist and political operator of the title.” The Independent - Paul Taylor: “Ann Mitchell's magnificent performance, is an hilarious/terrifying monstre sacree of ruthless seductiveness, accoutred as if for Dynasty.” The Sunday Times: “Ann Mitchell’s magnetic turn as Rand – zealous, kittenish, cackling – saves the evening: ‘What’s wrong with you people?’” Time Out - Tom Wicker: “It’s worth it for Ann Mitchell’s gloriously batty performance as Rand.” The Arts Desk - Aleks Sierz: “A fine performance by Ann Mitchell as Ayn, complete with a maniacal laugh. “ Total Politics - Sebastian Whale: “Brilliantly portrayed by Ann Mitchell.”

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A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky

As Margaret at The Lyric Hammersmith, London, 2010, British Premiere, Directed by Sean Holmes

2010 - What's on Stage: “A magnificent Ann Mitchell". The Observer - Susannah Clapp: “A Thousand Stars is lit up by an important actress: Ann Mitchell's matriarch makes most stoics look like wimps”. The Guardian - Michael Billington: “Impeccably acted. Unforgettable: Ann Mitchell as the tough matriarch.”. The Times - Benedict Nightingale: “It's about Ann Mitchell's Margaret, the family matriarch, and her accusing, loving, guilty, possessive and hopeless relationships with sons”. The Independent - Paul Taylor: “Beautifully acted. In a lovely, largely wordless sequence Ann Mitchell's fiercely repining Matriarch tenderly bathes the naked, dying William."


As Frau Zucker at The Arcola Theatre, London, 2010, British Premiere, Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson

2010 - The Guardian - What to see: Lyn Gardner's theatre tips: “Innocence at the Arcola is by German writer Dea Loher, translated by David Tushingham and with Ann Mitchell leading the cast – always a good sign." - The Independent - Rhoda Koenig - Theatre & Dance: “Loher's liveliest character is also her most decrepit and appalling. Ann Mitchell gobbles up the part of a diabetic who gleefully torments her daughter and son-in-law – "Hello, Franz. Still unemployed?" – chattering about her amputated limbs and dreaming of blowing up petrol stations." - The Times Online - Benedict Nightingale - theatre: "Loher creates some striking characters...there’s Ann Mitchell’s self-obsessed, self-pitying Frau Zucker, who weirdly dreams of burning down petrol stations while using her diabetes to manipulate her hapless daughter-in-law: “I don’t want a grandchild — you can do that when there’s nothing of me left to amputate.” - Curtain Up - Lizzie Loveridge: “There are outstanding performances from Ann Mitchell who is brilliant as the sour, inconsiderate, crusty old woman...the ghastly Frau Zucker, whose foot is being eroded by diabetic foot disease."

The House of Bernarda Alba

As Bernarda at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 2009, Directed by Patrick Sandford

2009 - The Guardian - Lyn Gardner” “…Best of all, though, is Ann Mitchell's superb Bernarda Alba, who presides over her daughters like a malevolent mother superior. As polished and shiny as her own furniture, Mitchell is a genuine black widow, a husk of a woman who puts pride and honour before love and generosity, and who is so out of touch with her own heart that she ignores all signs of the coming disaster, content to rule her house with her eyes wide shut." - The Sunday Times - David Jays: ”…Bernarda’s vicious respectability makes her a domestic Franco. Motherhood becomes a process of withering repression: her first and last words here are “Silence!”. Ann Mitchell makes a lethal tyrant, eyes in the back of her head and a smile as thin as razor wire."

photograph by Mike Eddowes

Romeo & Juliet

As Nurse at Middle Temple Hall, London, 2008 for the 400th anniversary, Directed by Tamara Harvey

2008 - The Times - Sam Marlowe: “…The confrontation between Ann Mitchell’s curvily formidable Nurse and Romeo and his saucy cohorts is priceless; they teasing her with a combination of charm and cheek, she quelling their antics with a gimlet eye and walloping her hapless servant with her elegant clutchbag." - What's On Stage - Kathleen Hall: “…the play is delightful, with some stand out performances from Juliet Rylance as Juliet and Ann Mitchell as the Nurse exuding a comically domineering maternal presence over Juliet and the young Capulets and Montagues who cheek her.”: - The London Paper - Alex Johnson: “…But Ann Mitchell’s fishwife Nurse steals every scene."

photograph by Marylin Kingwill

Angels in America

As Martha at The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 2007, Directed by Daniel Kramer

2007 - What's On Stage - Michael Coveney: “…A surrounding panoply of ghosts and angels – played by the riveting Ann Mitchell... creates a heady mix of other-worldliness." - Scotland on Sunday - Mark Fisher: “…With a compact cast of eight - including Citizens' and RSC favourites Greg Hicks and Ann Mitchell - and the ambition to take the spiritual temperature of a nation, the show is one very big deal." "If you want a masterclass in acting and stagecraft, not to mention the joy of a thrillingly ambitious piece of writing, clear your diary for Angels In America...with a flawless cast of eight compels you to savour every minute... "You don't make assumptions about me, mister; I won't make them about you," says Ann Mitchell's Mormon matriarch to the homosexual Prior Walter in a liberating challenge to prejudice." - The Herald - Neil Cooper: “…All eight actors excel, from Ann Mitchell's series of they black, gay, Jewish or, even, right-wing Republican Mormon. Common ground comes through each character's hyper-articulate ability to chase their own tails en route to finding out who they are and where they belong. The world's search for faith was ever thus."

Whose Life is it Anyway?

As Sister Anderson at The Comedy Theatre, London 2005, Directed by Sir Peter Hall

The British Theatre Guide - Philip Fisher: “…in the hospital scenes, one of several award-winning actors on show, Ann Mitchell, has given a nice portrayal as the grim hospital matron with a heart of gold and well-hidden sense of humour. William Chubb is the nervous senior doctor bearing deep religious scruples and they, together with Alexander Siddig and Jotham Annan, help to ensure that the production has real humanity and wit.

Through The Leaves

As Martha at The Duchess Theatre, London 2004 and the Southwark Playhouse, London, 2003, Directed by Daniel Kramer

Laurence Olivier Awards 2004 - Nominee for Best Actress for her performance
Evening Standard Drama Awards 2003
- Nominee for Best Actress for her performance

2003 - Financial Times - B Alastair Macaulay: “As Martha, a tough middle-aged self-employed butcher in Through the Leaves, Ann Mitchell delivers a remarkable performance. She shows you the vulnerabilities that Martha herself scarcely knows she has...The play is set in her shop and in her back room, and during its 100 minutes she scarcely leaves the stage. But Otto comes and goes.  In Otto's presence, she is almost casual, scarcely affectionate. Once out of the room, however, she leans her head on the wall, her whole body showing her desire for him, one hand miming his shape and gently feeling his genitals. At other times she recites her diary entries: tenderly blunt, revealingly terse. "- Guardian Unlimited - Lyn Gardner: “Ann Mitchell is quiet and raw. Everything is internalised. It is an X-ray performance that lets you peer into Martha's lonely, yearning soul.  It is a fantastic play, and it is terrific to see the West End embracing something worthwhile."- The Stage - Barbara Lewis: “ Simon Callow has been lured from the big screen back to the fringe by a fresh chance to act with friend and eminent character actress Ann Mitchell in Franz Xaver Kroetz's masterpiece of inarticulate eloquence. It is an inspired decision.  It depicts a coarse-textured affair between Otto (Callow) and Martha (Mitchell). It is a commentary on every relationship.  Gutting a rabbit, scrubbing down her shop, Mitchell is every inch the professional butcher.  Martha has well-founded pride as a business-woman who craves affection but can survive without it.  Most effective is the device of Martha reading aloud her diary, complete with punctuation. "Is a big romance still possible when you're past 50. Question mark," she asks, rhetorically. "- The Guardian- Michael Billington: “Ann Mitchell is just about perfect as Martha. The set of her features and her slightly turned-down mouth suggest a woman conditioned to solitude - yet she always implies Martha's vivid inner life, and flares wonderfully into skittishness when she goes to a fancy-dress ball as a black-bonneted Eliza Doolittle...The performances, like the play itself, remind you that theatre is never better than when it conveys the texture of reality."- Time Out - Dominic Maxwell: “Ann Mitchell totally convinces as Martha, by turns doughty and vulnerable, dryly witty and sensible, yet always utterly credible.  Acting doesn't get much better than this."- The Independent - Paul Taylor: “Ann Mitchell is pretty much perfection in this deeply eloquent revival...She plays – and brings out all the inner beauty of – Martha, a plain, self-employed tripe butcher (and there aren't many of those roles in the female repertoire) who, in her lonely fifties, starts an affair with Otto, a boorish, chauvinist, and slightly younger factory worker, ripely embodied by Simon Callow."


As Hecuba, Aethra and The Nurse at The Royal Shakespeare Company, at The Barbican Theatre, London, 2001 and world premiere at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, 2000, Directed by Sir Peter Hall & Edward Hall

2001 - The Spectator - Patrick Carnegie: “Ann Mitchell is outstanding as Hecuba..." - 2000 - Daily Telegraph  - John Whitley: “…Tantalus remains a substantially British production, four of his leading actors are distinguished stalwarts of British drama...Ann Mitchell, the star of ITV's Widows, is Hecuba." --  - Rodney Anderson: “My particular favourites were...Ann Mitchell as Hecuba, the Nurse, Aethra.   Ann Mitchell's Hecuba who refuses to accept her fate was formidable and terrifying before and after the war.  You wouldn't want to mess with her." - The North County Times  - Bill Fark: “Ann Mitchell is impressive...a standout as Hecuba and Nurse..." - Denver Rocky Mountain News  - Mike Pearson: “…while Ann Mitchell offers the show's most emotionally explosive moments as Hecuba.  Her descent into madness sends chills down your spine that still linger the following day." - Chicago Tribune  - Richard Christiansen“Ann Mitchell ignites the stage as the ferocious matriarch Queen Hecuba..." -- Los Angeles Times  - Michael Phillips - “Part three "The Homecomings", is dominated by Ann Mitchell's enslaved Queen Hecuba ..." - San Francisco Examiner  - Robert: “…Ann Mitchell's imperious Queen Hecuba." - The Times - Benedict Nightingale: “Ann Mitchell's Hecuba, a ferocious baglady who is bloodstreaked, tongueless and madly barking like a dog..." - The Guardian - Michael Billington: “Ann Mitchell's towering Hecuba..." - Daily Telegraph  - Charles Spencer: “The acting is outstanding...Ann Mitchell reaches the very heart of suffering as Hecuba..."

The Road to Mecca

As Helen Martins at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1997, Directed by Greg Hersov

1997 - The Express - Gerry Dempsey: “…Ann Mitchell is magnificent as Helen, ascending from quaking fear ("the darkness is inside and I can't light candles in there") to blazing assertion of the individual's ultimate freedom, the right to be herself…” - The Express Sunday - Alex Lindsay: “Ann Mitchell is superb as Helen Martin...If ever a play was performance-driven, this is one. Ann Mitchell, as Helen, this gentle, twitchy old lady with her bird-like fragility, summoning a hidden all-conquering strength from out of nowhere." - The Guardian Guide - Lynn Gardner: “…stars the excellent Ann Mitchell as the woman whose home, which she turned into a work of art, has now become one of South Africa's national monuments."


As Gertrude at The Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, 1996, Directed by Philip Prowse

1996 - Plays International - Cordelia Oliver: “Heavy dark structures, set at angles, descend and ascend in different formations on a stage which is built out slantingly across the auditorium ('walls have ears’)…The scene with Ann Mitchell's Gertrude was as believable as I can remember. Likewise the scene with the Players and the whole of the play within the play."


As Hecuba, at The Gate Theatre, London, 1992, Directed by Laurence Boswell

Independent on Sunday 1992
Performance of the Year for Hecuba, by the Independent on Sunday newspaper

1992 - The Observer - Michael Coveney: “Maternal grief gives way to avenging madness and Mitchell's supercharged journey through naked grief, ribald sarcasm, glinting malevolence, vicious craziness and implacable resignations is one of the acting highlights of the year.”: - The Independent on Sunday - Irving Wardell: "Ann Mitchell's Hecuba reaches from Troy to Auschwitz." - The Sunday Times - John Peter: “Ann Mitchell is never the "tragedy queen" shrieking at Fate: counterproductive in a small theatre. She says: "I am dead, I feel nothing," and her voice sustains this note of grim determination not to feel. . . .Only at the end does Mitchell's Hecuba permit her feelings to show, relishing her victory over Don Warrington's treacherous Polymestor." - Evening Standard - Rick Jones: “…The current programme notes intimate that Euripides played Hecuba in drag. One doubts he would have made as good a job of it as Ann Mitchell here, not least because he would have had to yell his head off throughout if Athenians at the back were to hear anything at all. Mitchell can afford to whisper, and she does. this has telling effect in contrast to the passages she screams. It's a fearsome portrayal of a woman clinging to her pride as a last dignity in the face of captors who are determined to stifle her spirit..." - City Limits - Matt Wolf: “…Playing a 'queen of tears' who is way beyond weeping, Mitchell portrays a Trojan ruler stripped of her city, her husband, her children; the actress inhabits the rending knife edge between fury and madness...lines like 'Control yourself. You're a wild animal' are understated to the extreme - but it conveys Hecuba's own seemingly rational surrender to extremes of irrationality…” - The Guardian - Claire Armistead: “This, then, is a play about the distorting power of war - on reason, on passion, and on personality: Hecuba, magnificently played by Ann Mitchell, is warped by her grief. But it is also about the power of language...Mitchell, hollow-eyed and ugly in grief, allows torment to well up from somewhere deep in her chest, as if her voicebox has imploded: her performance is a painful reminder of the corrosiveness of suffering..."

The Rivals

As Mrs. Malaprop at The Nottingham Playhouse, 1992, Directed by James McDonald

1992 - The Guardian - Pat Ashworth: “She doesn't make Mrs. Malaprop a clown or a figure of fun: rather she's droll, endearing, slightly batty in a very English way but with the makings of a great lady."

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

As Mrs. Warren at The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1990, Directed by Giles Havergal

1990 - The Times - Alasdair Cameron: “…Mitchell's Mrs Warren reverts to her native Cockney accent with the subtlety and precise calculation which underlie everything she does. Her performance throws new light on the character and universalises the relationship between mother and daughter. She is a mother, bad and demanding one...we can see clearly what Shaw actually wrote: a drama about the power politics between parents and children as much as any critique of the hypocrisy of society." - The Independent - Randall Stevenson: “… Ann Mitchell establishes a commanding stage presence for the corrupt but unashamed figure of Mrs Warren...frequent changes of manner and accent keep a menacing tension stretched beneath her surface sociability. Apparent sweetness alternates with glacial hardness, convincingly characterising a figure torn between the tenderness she seeks with her daughter Vivie and the rapacious energy required for unrepentant success in the international business of prostitution." - The Glasgow Herald - Mary Brennan: “…Quite thrilling natural, relaxed, modulated performances from...and Ann Mitchell (Mrs Warren) provide a cogent perspective on those elements within our society which we have still to reconcile..."

Mary Stuart

As Mary Stuart at The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, 1985, Directed by Phillip Prowse

1985 - The Times - Holly Hill: “Ann Mitchell's figure of the tragic queen at the Citizen's Theatre makes this femme palpably fatale...Daring to play Stuart with a French accent...she gives Mary the virtually irresistible charm of Katherine in Henry V."

The White Devil

As Cornelia at The Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Greenwich, 1984, Directed by Philip Prowse

1984 - The Guardian - Michael Billington: “Ann Mitchell as Cornelia has a lament for her dead son that is lyrically moving and when she summons Flamineo with fluttering fingers, it stops the heart." - The Observer - Michael Coveney: “Two great walls, containing hinged doors and evocative of city streets, secret gardens and domestic interiors, dominate the stage. The actors are dressed in beautifully cut costumes. . . Ann Mitchell is outstanding as the bloodily dribbling mother of doomed sons." - The Stage, Peter Heppic: “it is Ann Mitchell who most catches the eye as the mother Cornelia, in a moving portrayal of grief and despair.” - The Observer - Michael Ratcliffe: ". . Ann Mitchell gives the best performance of the night as the uniquely virtuous Cornelia."

The Way of the World

As Mrs. Marwood at The Glasgow Citizens Theatre Greenwich, London 1984, Directed by Giles Havergal

Semi Monde

As Ines at The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 1972, Directed by Philip Prowse

1972 - The Guardian - Michael Billington: “Mr Prowse has created a retina-ravishing spectacle and from a large cast one must single out Ann Mitchell as a jealous Lesbian. They have played Coward and won." - The Financial Times - Michael Coveney: "Inez, raspingly played by Ann Mitchell, berates Cyril for taking singing lessons with Corelli, quoting the unfortunate case of another of Corelli's pupils - "Poor Griselda Mencken, the most constipated Carmen I've ever seen..."

Mother Courage and Her Children

As Mother Courage at The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 1970, Directed by Robert Walker

1970 - The Arts Guide - Cordelia Oliver: “…Ann Mitchell stamps a recognisably Cockney image, both fierce and funny, on the woman, utterly materialistic and yet utterly human who hauls her canteen cart in the wake of the army through the Thirty Years War, losing her children to it but not her indomitable will to survive, and, wearing the ugly dress of the early 1940's she suggests the timelessness of the character. It is an outsize performance."

The Hero Rises Up

As Lady Hamilton at The Round House, London, 1968, Written and Directed by John Arden & Margaretta D'Arcy


Ann Mitchell - Radio - Talking Books - Productions

The Door in the Pillow
Transmission Sunday February 10 2019
By Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Directed by Allegra McIlroy
BBC Radio 4 Drama
Starring as Annie

A Lightening
Transmission Friday May 26 2017
By Sarah Daniels
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole
BBC Radio 4, Home Front
Starring as Mary Stokes

Beyond Good & Evil
Transmission Sunday August 19 2012
Words and Music on the theme of Evil. Readings by Ann Mitchell and Andrew Wincott. With texts from the Bible, Beowulf and Blake. With Music by Berg, Britten and Black Sabbath
BBC Radio 3

Life & Fate: Fortress Stalingrad
Transmission Saturday September 24 2011
By Vasily Grossman
Directed by Alison Hindell
BBC Radio 4, Saturday Drama
Starring as Alexandra Vladimirovna

Transmission Saturday December 01 2007
By Mark Kotting
Directed by Toby Swift
BBC Radio 3, The Wire
Starring as Nan

Transmission Saturday November 18 and 25 2006
By Liz Lochhead
Directed and produced by Marion Nancarrow
BBC World Service
Co-starring as Nurse Grise and Nisbett

Transmission Friday August 12, 2005 at 21:00
Directed by Toby Swift
BBC Radio 4
Co-starring as Joyce

The Good Ship Esperanza
Transmission Tuesday November 23 2004, at 14:15
By David Constantine
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer for BBC Radio 4
Co-starring as Woman

She Hadda Fly
Tuesday May 13 1997
By Julia Darling
Produced by Melanie Harris for BBC Radio 4

By Nick Warburton for BBC Radio 4

A Pig's Whisper
Tuesday January 30 1995
By Dave Dick
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
BBC Radio 3

Life & Fate
Transmission Sunday 18 and Saturday 24 September 2011
By Vasily Grossman
Directed by Alison Hindell
BBC Radio 4

Widows - Talking Book
By Lynda La Plante

She's Out - Talking Book
By Lynda La Plante
ISBN 0-7531-0014-2

Directing and Writing

Ann Mitchell - Productions

Voices From Prison
1982 - RSC Platform - Clean Break Theatre Company
Devised & Directed

The River That Ran Away
1981 - Clean Break Theatre Company

The Sin Eaters
1980 - Clean Break Theatre Company

Cathy Come Home
1980 - The Barbican Pit Theatre, London
Adapted & Directed

1979 - The Soho Poly & The Royal Court Theatre, London

Ever After
1978 - The Tricycle Theatre, London
Co-written with Cathy Itzin

Go West Young Woman
1977 - The Round House Theatre, London
Co-dircted with Susan Todd

She's Out - Talking Book
By Lynda La Plante
ISBN 0-7531-0014-2

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