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Hard Times archiveThe 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!". 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.

Cast/Performers

Suzanne Ahmet (Sissy Jupe), Paul Barnhill (Mr Sleary), Victoria Brazier (Rachael), Howard Chadwick (Bounderby), Anthony Hunt (Steven Blackpool), Darren Kuppan (Mr Harthouse), Perry Moore (Tom Gradgrind), Andrew Price (Thomas Gradgrind), Vanessa Schofield (Louisa Gradgrind), Claire Storey (Mrs Peglar)

Creatives/Company

Book by: Charles Dickens
Company: Northern Broadsides
Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew
Director: Conrad Nelson
Design: Dawn Allsopp
Lighting: Mark Howland
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

Hard Times

Hard Times (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1460882629. Details of all Hard Times archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S3525

Archive Listings

22 May 18
to
26 May 18
Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse)
Leeds
West Yorkshire
16 May 18
to
19 May 18
Theatre Royal
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
2 May 18
to
5 May 18
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
17 Apr 18
to
21 Apr 18
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
4 Apr 18
to
14 Apr 18
New Vic Theatre
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
27 Mar 18
to
31 Mar 18
Everyman & Playhouse
Liverpool
Merseyside
6 Mar 18
to
10 Mar 18
The Lowry
Salford
Greater Manchester
27 Feb 18
to
3 Mar 18
The Dukes
Lancaster
Lancashire
16 Feb 18
to
24 Feb 18
Viaduct Theatre
Halifax
West Yorkshire

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