The Tattooed Lady World Premiere

29 Oct - 20 Nov 2022
Philadelphia Theatre Company 215 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107


Betty Broadbent, the 'Tattooed Venus', Sydney, Australia, 1938. Photo by Ray Olsen for Pix Magazine, courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales. 

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the world premiere of The Tattooed Lady, a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Max Vernon, book by Erin Courtney, and direction and development by Ellie Hayman.

A meditation on shattering taboos and overcoming adversity, The Tattooed Lady tells the story of an aging former sideshow performer forced to confront her past while bridging a generational divide with her granddaughter.

The musical celebrates the resilience of women and the power of personal autonomy.