‘Think back to your classroom, to the roll call of inventors and politicians, military leaders and scientists, philosophers and composers, thinkers and mystics and ask yourself this question. Where are the women?’ – Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse OBE, the international #1 multi-million-selling author, will embark on her first-ever theatre tour in 2023 with Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World. Inspired by Kate’s best-selling book of the same name, the tour will start at the Stafford Gatehouse on 28 February and be at theatres around the country until 12 April 2023.

A fabulous evening of entertainment – music, images and storytelling – the show will see Kate celebrate the lives of extraordinary, brilliant, trail-blazing and heroic women from throughout history whose names deserve to be better known. It’s part detective story into her own, sometimes heart-breaking, family history – as she’ll share how she tracked down her own long-forgotten relative, Lily Watson, in whose literary shadow she is walking – part fanfare to the incredible women in whose footsteps we all walk, and part love letter about how history is made and who gets to make it.

In each show, Kate will shine a spotlight on fascinating and often overlooked, or ignored, facts about the women who made history, from every corner of the world and in every period of time.


  • that when the Lionesses played to a record crowd at the Euros at Wembley in July 2022, they were walking in the footsteps of the legendary Merseyside footballer, Lily Parr, who scored nearly one thousand goals in a career lasting from 1919 to 1952 before hanging up her boots?
  • that scientist and inventor Eunice Newton Foote was the first to understand the phenomenon of global warming, though her work was accredited to the male scientists who came after her?
  • that the first dishwasher was invented by an American woman – Josephine Cochrane – in Chicago and patented in 1893, presumably after a particularly large dinner party when no one offered to do the washing up!
  • that Keira Knightley’s character in The Pirates of the Caribbean, was inspired by notorious ‘she-captain’ female pirates of the 18th century, Anne Bonny and Mary Read?

Over the course of the evening, Kate will feature a joyous and diverse cast of characters, some unknown and some legendary: from the world’s first-named author, Enheduanna, to the world’s bestselling author, Agatha Christie; from Joan of Arc to the heroine of the Greek War of Independence, Laskarina Bouboulina; from freedom riders Rosa Parks and Pauli Murray to Victorian explorer Isabella Bird; from Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson to the Edinburgh Seven; from educational pioneer Maria Montessori to the barn-storming suffragette and composer Ethel Smyth; from comet hunter Caroline Herschel to the one and only Marie Curie; from the 13th-century Mongolian princess, Khutulan, to Beatrix Potter.

Women of faith and conviction, women of conservation and law, the warrior queens and quiet revolutionaries.  Each night the audience will meet the ‘mothers of invention’ and ‘pirate queens’; unsung pioneers of medicine and women’s rights, those who dazzled on the screen, the stage and in the sports stadium; those who fought for what they believed and those who reached for the stars, and the female scientists whose work was overlooked or misattributed.

The Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries tour will surprise, amaze, challenge and perhaps even encourage some in the audience to undertake a little family history of their own as we travel the world and through time: 23rd century Sumeria BCE to 19th century Japan, Revolutionary France to Germany in the 1940s, South Africa and New Zealand, Russia to China, Antarctica to South America, 15th century Ireland to 21st century Britain. From Manchester to Bristol, London to Edinburgh, Keswick to Preston, Cardiff to Penzance, come and spend an evening in the company of the amazing women who, in one way or another, also made our world.

‘My hope is that Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries will inspire as I have been inspired. It’s a love letter to history and about how without knowing where we come from – truthfully and entirely – we cannot know who we are.’ Kate Mosse