Another play tipped for the West End this year sounds a bit like the Duchess, but it’s actually called The Countess. A long-running hit Off-Broadway, where it had more than 600 performances at multiple venues before finishing in December 2000, Gregory Murphy’s drama recounts another real-life love scandal. In Victorian London society, when his wife Effie sued art critic John Ruskin for divorce on the grounds that their marriage had never been consummated, she was ostracised. Later, the involvement of another man - John Everett Millais, a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite movement – in the love triangle was revealed. The play is directed and produced by Ludovica Villar-Hauser and is due to open first at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford this spring.