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the Musical tells of a travelling circus and its impact on a society where love and imagination are considered of no value. Featuring Dickens' most ebullient comic characters, this satire is as fresh, sharp and funny as it ever was. Hard Times
, a major musical, uses melodrama, music hall, pantomime, operetta and circus acts to emulate the Dickensian manner of story telling. Web sitePerformers Roy Hudd (Mr Sleary), Brian Blessed (Charles Dickens/Thomas Gradgrind), Patsy Rowlands, Susan Jane Turner, Russel Wilcox, Phillip Cox, Rebecca Ryan, Peter Blake (James Harthouse/Mr McChoakumchild), Ann Emery (Mrs Gradgrind/Mrs Sleary), Malcolm Rennie, Jan Graveson, Helen Anker, Matt Rawle, Alicia Davies, Matthew Storey, Steve Fortune, Ray C Davies, Leon Webster, Lucy Harris, Lesley-Anne Johnson, Jamie Read, John Stacey, Rachel Spry, Delia Du Sol.
Book by Charles Dickens. Music Christopher Tookey. Lyrics Christopher Tookey. Author Hugh Thomas. Producer Christopher Tookey. Producer Peter Penny (in Association with Bill Kenwright). Director Christopher Tookey. Director Graham Gill (associate director). Design Gemma Fripp. Lighting Zerlina Hughes. Sound Scott Myers. Director James Burton (music). Music Mark Warman (orchestration). Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood. Choreographer John Stacey (assistant choreographer).
USER (11Jan01): For a an evening of pure fun and entertainment, you cannot beat Hard Times. This is a surprisingly hilarious interpretation of the Dickens novel, making it accessible for young an old alike. The songs are catchy and the performances impressive. But don't go if you are a purist!
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