Hard Times archiveHard Times 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. <A href="">Web site</a>


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(s): Christopher Tookey, Mark Warman (orchestration)
Lyrics: Christopher Tookey
Author: Hugh Thomas
Producer(s): Christopher Tookey, Peter Penny (in Association with Bill Kenwright)
Director(s): Christopher Tookey, Graham Gill (associate director), James Burton (music)
Design: Gemma Fripp
Lighting: Zerlina Hughes
Sound: Scott Myers
Choreographer(s): Craig Revel Horwood, John Stacey (assistant choreographer)
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Hard Times

Hard Times (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T0745261322. Details of all Hard Times archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S49230705

Archive Listings

18 May 00
26 Aug 00
Theatre Royal Haymarket
West End
Greater London

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User Reviews

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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