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Back by popular demand, these three critically-acclaimed, fresh new adaptations of Brontë classics are brought to you by West Country theatre companies Butterfly Psyche Theatre & Livewire Theatre .

Whether you’re a hard-core Brontë fan or if you’ve never had the pleasure, there is something for everyone with three wonderful shows to choose from. Performed in rep, with only one and two actors, there’s a chance to see an old favourite, get to know a new story and the chance to mix-and-match all three shows in our‘Full Brontë’ showings at:

 

The Brontë Season is made up of:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“Beautifully articulated and performed…Do not miss it!”
Theatre Bath, 5-Stars (*****)

 

“Beautifully performed, directed and received by its diverse audience…If you are looking for a thought-provoking night at the theatre, this is the play for you.”

What’s on Stage, 4-Stars (****)

wildfell hall- rondo theatre- theatre bathWritten by: Anne Brontë

Adapted by: Alison Farina
Directed by: Shane Morgan
Starring: Madelaine Ryan and Kristoffer Huball

Anne Brontë, the least well-known (and vastly under-appreciated) of the sisters wrote the most shocking of all the Bronte novels put together, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  Telling the story of Helen Graham, a reclusive artist who has mysteriously taken up residence at the dilapidated Wildfell Hall, Anne’s multi-layered masterpiece aims to show both the brutality and consequences of life choices along with hope and happiness through redemption, forgiveness and truth.

When The Tenant was first published it sold out within 6 weeks (vastly outselling Wuthering Heights  and selling even better in the US than the UK, something that cannot be said of the other two sisters) and is widely considered to be the first ‘sustained’ feminist novel.

Charlotte Brontë, for reasons best known to herself, succeeded in widely denouncing the book and suppressing a reprint after Anne’s death. Was she doing it to “protect” her “sister’s reputation”, or her own?

 

 

 

Jane Eyre

“A fantastic piece of theatre and one that I could not recommend strongly enough.”

Female Arts, 5-Stars (*****)

jane eyre- rondo theatre- theatre bathWritten by: Charlotte Brontë

Adapted by: Dougie Blaxland

Directed by: Jazz Hazelwood
Starring: Alison Campbell

Charlotte Brontë’s  Jane Eyre, the Gothic story of a penniless young governess, met with immediate success when first published. The eponymous Jane takes up service in creepy Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself  at the centre of a haunted cover-up-conspiracy with the dashing-yet-devilish, Mr Rochester.

Will they live happily ever after? Will their worlds come crashing down around them?

It’s a Brontë, so be prepared for both!

 

 

 

 

 

Wuthering Heights

“Will please even the most avid lovers of the book…A thoroughly enjoyable and captivating piece of theatre.” 

Female Arts, 4-Stars (****)

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Written by: by Emily Brontë
Adapted by: Dougie Blaxland
Directed by: Ian McGlynn
Starring: Alison Campbell and Jeremy Fowlds

Emily Brontë’s emotionally gripping Wuthering Heights is, without a doubt, one of the most tragic and infamous love stories ever told. As the most introverted and reclusive of the sisters, Emily’s personality remains a mystery. But as they say, ‘still waters run deep’ and even if you’ve never read a word, you will have heard of Heathcliff and Cathy and their passionate-yet-destructive love that transcended even death.

This production will leave you covered in Goosebumps and reaching for the nearest copy.

 

 

 

 

The Brontë Season

Tour Dates 2015:

11th – 14h February

The Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud

0333 666 3366

cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk

19th February

The Taunton Brewhouse, Taunton

01823 283244

tauntontheatre.org.uk

 

25th – 28th February

The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

01242 572573

everymantheatre.org.uk

 

1st & 13th March

Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester

01305 266926

dorchesterarts.org.uk

 

5th March

Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge

01225 774306 or

trowbridgearts.com

 

6th March

Neroche Village Hall, Nr. Taunton (Take Art Rural touring scheme) 

01460 234377

www.takeart.org

 

7th March

Kilmersdon Village Hall, Radstock (Take Art Rural touring scheme) 

01761 437372

www.takeart.org

 

10th March

The Merlin Theatre, Frome

01373 465949

merlintheatre.co.uk

 

14th March

The Rondo Theatre, Bath

01225 463362

rondotheatre.co.uk