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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!".


Book by: Charles Dickens

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Archive listings for Hard Times (2018)

Work type: Play.


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).
22 May 18 to 26 May 18Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L01825167170
16 May 18 to 19 May 18Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
listing details L02130750508
2 May 18 to 5 May 18Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
listing details L01552078124
17 Apr 18 to 21 Apr 18Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough :: V949
listing details L1612894984
4 Apr 18 to 14 Apr 18New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
listing details L1104392499
27 Mar 18 to 31 Mar 18Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool :: V535
listing details L26779220
6 Mar 18 to 10 Mar 18The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0347869176
27 Feb 18 to 3 Mar 18The Dukes, Lancaster :: V523
listing details L1593442250
16 Feb 18 to 24 Feb 18Viaduct Theatre, Halifax :: V1025
listing details L1169413948


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