Four miniature statues of the first professional woman writer are stopping in Stratford on a tour of the country so people can vote for which one should be made into a full size statue.

You can see the four 50cm miniature statues in the foyer of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Monday and Tuesday (27-28 June).

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was a playwright, poet, novelist and spy. The most prolific playwright of her generation, she is best known for writing Oronooko, a prose work sometimes described as an early novel, which has also been adapted into a play, and for her play The Rover, which we performed in 2016. Both are regularly studied on university English programmes across the world.

A woman in a black basque is embraced by a bearded man
Alexandra Gilbreath and Joseph Millson in The Rover (2016)
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images

The campaign to commemorate Aphra Behn is run by community groups, including the Canterbury Commemoration Society and education charity A is for Aphra, and backed by a range of individuals, including our Associate Artist Alexandra Gilbreath, who played Angellica Bianca in The Rover (pictured).

The winning statue will be displayed in Canterbury, the town in which Behn grew up.

four bronze statues of a woman in different poses, some with books
The four miniature statues of Aphra Behn. From left to right are statues by artists Maurice Blik, Meredith Bergmann, Christine Charlesworth and Victoria Atkinson Astrea.
Photo by Petar Velchev © The artist Browse and license our images

You have until midday on 1 September 2022 to vote for your favourite statue design, through the Canterbury Commemoration Society website.

Vote now