'Round-heeled woman' enjoys first orgasm in 30 years

Posted on: 16 September 2011 by Gareth Hargreaves

Jane Juska's best-selling journey of sexual rediscovery thrills at the Riverside Studios from 19 October.

Sharon Gless'Before I turn 67 – next March – I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me...'

That's quite a way to introduce yourself into the singles market, but that is the exact wording Jane Juska used in her small ad in the New York Review of Books. The real-life ups and downs (literal) that followed, form the basis of her best-selling book A Round Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, which has been adapted for the stage and opens at the Riverside Studios on 19 October 2011. 

The play, making its UK debut, is written and directed by Jane Prowse and stars Sharon Gless, whom you may remember from days of old as Chris Cagney in the popular all-female crime busting duo Cagney and Lacey. Gless turns in a candid performance as Jane, a semi-retired, 66-year-old-divorced schoolteacher who realised, after 30 years of being ‘severely deprived’ of touch, that she ‘liked men’!.

Round-heeled is an old fashioned term for a woman of easy virtue, a throw back to a time when sex was seen as a marital duty rather than something to revel in and enjoy. It is perhaps surprising that Juska has chosen to describe herself such ... or maybe she is thumbing her nose at the attitudes that confined her true spirit fo so long. Whichever, as a smart, energetic divorcée of a certain age, this brave memoir will raise eyebrows and blood pressure as you follow her hugely enjoyable and daring flight of liberation and fulfiment. 

Sharon Gless talks about what drew her to Round-heeled woman.


Riverside Studios 2
Crisp Road
London W6 9RL

Performance times

Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8pm,
Thursday & Saturday matinees at 3pm and Sundays at 4pm
Running Time:  90 minutes, without an interval


Tuesday to Thursday £21 (£18 concession); Friday to Sunday £25; groups of 10+, 1 free
Box Office:   020 8237 1111


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