Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Hardy’s heroine is extremely hardy

THE Watermill Theatre will present a new stage adaptation of a classic Thomas Hardy novel from Thursday.

THE Watermill Theatre will present a new stage adaptation of a classic Thomas Hardy novel from Thursday.

Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, adapted and directed by Jessica Swale, will run at the Newbury venue until Saturday, May 23.

When Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm from her father, no one expects her to take on its management herself, but the spirited young woman takes up the mantle with vigour.

However, while she rises impressively to the challenges of sheep farming, it is the trials of the heart that threaten to be her undoing, in Hardy’s thrilling romance and joyous celebration of English rural life.

The cast will be led by Gina Beck as Bathsheba and Christine Daaé, who have recently performed in the West End in Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera respectively.



It also features Alice Blundell as Liddy, Simon Bubb as Gabriel Oak, Matthew Douglas as Boldwood, Ian Harris as Jan, Emma Jerrold as Mary Ann, Lisa Kerr as Fanny and Cainy, Sam Swainsbury as Sergeant Troy and Ed Thorpe as Joseph.

Tickets cost £14.50 to £26.50 from the box office on 01635 46044 or online at www.watermill.org.uk

Matinees are available on Thursdays and Saturdays.



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