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:
- Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (28th of Feb)
- Dorchester Arts (1&13 of March)
- The Rondo Theatre, Bath (14th of March).
The Brontë Season is made up of:
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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?
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!
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
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The Taunton Brewhouse, Taunton
25th – 28th February
The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
1st & 13th March
Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester
Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge
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Neroche Village Hall, Nr. Taunton (Take Art Rural touring scheme)
Kilmersdon Village Hall, Radstock (Take Art Rural touring scheme)
The Merlin Theatre, Frome
The Rondo Theatre, Bath