For the past year, RGM have been developing a brand new musical stage adaptation of Fay Weldon’s classic novel, The Life and Loves of a She Devil. The creative team behind the adaptation are Nigel Planer (Book), Hannah-Jane Fox and Andrew Holdsworth (Music and Lyrics).  RGM has brought on the internationally-renowned director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,  Simon Phillips. 

First the BAFTA award-winning BBC series with Julie T Wallace,  followed by the Hollywood movie starring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr and now … the Musical.

Fay Weldon shares RGM’s excitement at bringing this timeless story of envy and revenge to the stage.  In Fay’s own words; 

‘I wrote Ruth the She Devil in 1983, thirty-five years ago, and still she won’t lie down. ‘I am a comic turn, turned serious,’ she declared, as she signed off all those years ago. And she’s back centre-stage once more, all life and light and energy, avatar for every woman who ever loved and lost and dreams of rising again from the flames. Ruth rose again with the help of the cosmetic surgeon’s blade. Oh, and she did burn house and home down to escape domesticity. Her story’s been in a book, a Hollywood movie, a TV series. And now she comes to life again in a new and perfect medium for her – the spectacular stage musical. I’m thrilled for her!’

The London workshop for SHE DEVIL! the musical was a great success.  The supercharged day confirmed the potential of this unique work.   Watch the trailer and see for yourself.

Please see below for early industry reactions.


SHE DEVIL! is the story of Ruth, a wronged stay at home mother who summons the forces of evil to wreak a terrible revenge on her unfaithful husband and his lover, and on mankind. She becomes an icon for all downtrodden woman but eventually is summoned to hell herself, as she has become … the SHE DEVIL!


Packs a real feminist punch - it could be right up to date addressing plastic surgery and all those vloggers and bloggers telling us how to live our lives.  This should be a real punchy night out with raucous results.

It's simply blindingly brilliant. Begs for the stage.

Enormous potential.

Thoroughly enjoyed the script and the songs – quirky, original, amusing, and can definitely envision it working successfully; a cut above a lot of the new work that we see.

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