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"...a richly rewarding evening..." ****The Guardian

BRONTË

By Polly Teale

"... a richly rewarding evening..." **** The Guardian

"... a brave and transcendentally beautiful evening. * * * * The Daily Telegraph

"Nancy Meckler directs this superb production." The Stage

"Crisp, fast moving, dramatic, emotionally engaging and beautiful theatre." Theatreworld

Thu 15 Apr 2010 - Sat 22 May 2010

"...a wonderful, brooding and densely layered examination of the nature of female creativity." Lyn Gardner - The Guardian

"The Watermill’s creative juices flow alongside and within the devised and experimental style of Shared Experience, producing a perfect contrast between simple reality and the heady fantasies of the Bronte sisters’ writings."  The Stage

Constrained by their background and their sex, three girls grow up in an isolated parsonage on the Yorkshire moors with an overbearing father and a brother unable to cope with the weight of his family’s expectations. Against this backdrop, the Brontë sisters write novels and create powerful and passionate characters that have ensured their place in our literary history. Heathcliffe, Cathy Earnshaw, Arthur Huntingdon and the first Mrs Rochester come to life as the sisters’ story unfolds. Brontë is a fascinating glimpse into the life, mind and works of this extraordinary family.

An exciting opportunity for you to see a production that was a sell-out success when it toured in 2005, presented by two renowned, award-winning producers of theatre, The Watermill and Shared Experience.

Brontë is directed by Nancy Meckler and written by co-Artistic Director of Shared Experience, Polly Teale, whose previous plays for the company include the highly-acclaimed Jane Eyre and After Mrs Rochester which both transferred to the West End.

Tickets: £13 to £24

First Week Special
On the first Thursday and Friday all seats £13
(no other discounts apply)

Performance duration:
First Act: 1hr 15mins
Interval: 20 mins
Second Act: 1hr 15mins

The Cast
Kristin Atherton
          Charlotte
Elizabeth Crarer          Emily
Mark Edel-Hunt           Branwell/Heathcliff
David Fielder                Brontë /Rochester/Bell Nicholls/Heger
Frances McNamee    Cathy/Mrs Rochester
Flora Nicholson           Anne

Go to our blog for an insight into the Brontë rehearsal process.

Read the reviews...

The Guardian   http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/21/bronte-review

The Stage  http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/28031/bronte

WhatsonStage http://www.whatsonstage.com/reviews/theatre/london/E8831272466910/Bronte+%28Newbury%29.html

Theatreworld     http://www.theatreworldinternetmagazine.com/theatreworld/southrev.htm#Southern England - Reviews

Newbury Theatre   http://www.newburytheatre.co.uk/theatres/watermill.htm


 

 

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Performance times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
(please note there is no matinee performance on Thursday 16 April)
Saturday 22 May performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

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Director - Nancy Meckler
Designer – Ruth Sutcliffe
Lighting Design – Tim Lutkin
Music – Peter Salem
Movement Director – Liz Ranken
Assistant Director – Tom Hughes