Edith Craig

Edith Craig

Edith Craig, or Edy as she was known, was an actress, producer, and designer in the early 20th century. Born in 1869, she was the daughter of the legendary actress Ellen Terry and the architect Edward Godwin. Her brother, Edward Gordon Craig became one of the most influential designers and theorists of 20th century theatre.

Edy first appeared on stage aged 9 along with her 6-year-old brother, and went on to work with her mother and Henry Irving at the Lyceum. From 1911, she moved into direction and design.

Craig produced some 150 plays for the Pioneer Players whose work supported the suffragist movement to gain women the vote, and later introduced the work of many major European playwrights to the British stage. She later worked for amateur and community theatre all over the UK.

Craig and her partner Clare 'Tony' Atwood were part of a literary community that included Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, and the controversial lesbian author Radclyffe Hall. She remained devoted to her mother's memory throughout her life, and annually staged an anniversary performance in a converted barn at Terry's house at Smallhythe in Kent.