Hard Times

The RoundTheatre

The Northern Powerhouse, 1854. Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden.

Credits:

Presented by Northern Broadsides
A new adaptation of Charles Dickens
By Debbie McAndrew
Directed by Conrad Nelson

Key Cast:

Suzanne Ahmet – Sissy Jupe
Paul Barnhill - Mr Sleary
Victoria Brazier - Mrs Sparsit / Rachel
Howard Chadwick - Josiah Bounderby/ Strong Man
Tony Hunt- Steven Blackpool
Darren Kuppan - Mr Harthouse / Bitzer
Perry Moore - Tom Gradgrind
Andrew Price - Thomas Gradgrind
Vanessa Schofield- Louisa Gradgrind
Claire Storey - Mrs Gradgrind / Mrs Pegler

Price: £25 - £10

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17 April - 21 April 2018
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The Northern Powerhouse, 1854.

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.


Age guidance: 8+


★★★★
"visually arresting"
The Stage

★★★★½
"a rollicking performance, but with plenty of light and shade"
The Reviews Hub

"It has appropriate Northern charm... and illustrates to a tee the social inequalities and hard lives of the times."
The Yorkshire Times

dates

17 April 2018, 7.30pm

18 April 2018, 7.30pm

19 April 2018, 1.30pm

19 April 2018, 7.00pm

20 April 2018, 7.30pm

21 April 2018, 2.30pm

21 April 2018, 7.30pm

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Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough