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VenueThe Dukes
Other spaces: The Round, The Rake, DT3
From27th February 2018
To3rd March 2018
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Hard Times

The repressed desire of beautiful Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage to Bounderby, a powerful mill-owner, is awakened by the handsome seducer James Harthouse. Thomas Gradgrind, her father, is forced to see love and imagination triumph over hid blind faith in "facts, facts, facts!".
Book by Charles Dickens

Archive :: production:T1460882629, play:S3525, venue:V523

Production details

Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences - especially when the circus comes to town? Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary's Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of supressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Dickens is celebrated for. Conrad Nelson directs Deborah McAndrew's witty adaptation of Charles Dickens' great Northern novel to bring you a joyful juggling and tumbling through this touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.


Company Northern Broadsides
Adapted by Deborah McAndrew
Director Conrad Nelson
Design Dawn Allsopp
Lighting Mark Howland
Performer Suzanne Ahmet (Sissy Jupe)
Performer Paul Barnhill (Mr Sleary)
Performer Victoria Brazier (Rachael)
Performer Howard Chadwick (Bounderby)
Performer Anthony Hunt (Steven Blackpool)
Performer Darren Kuppan (Mr Harthouse)
Performer Perry Moore (Tom Gradgrind)
Performer Andrew Price (Thomas Gradgrind)
Performer Vanessa Schofield (Louisa Gradgrind)
Performer Claire Storey (Mrs Peglar)

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