Presented by Hotbuckle Productions

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Friday 19 June 2020 : 7.30pm

Saturday 20 June 2020 : 7.30pm

Early Bird available for Friends

Tickets : £13.50

Early Bird available for Friends

Unfortunately the whole UK tour of this show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

You can read the full statement from Hotbuckle Productions here.

It is a very sad situation and we feel very sorry for Hotbuckle Productions.

These are going to be very difficult times for all those who make their living from live performance.  Hotbuckle Productions are giving everyone the opportunity to watch a performance of Tess of the D’Urbervilles filmed at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury last November in front of a live audience.  They say “Please feel free to watch and if you feel able to make a donation (any amount however small) to help cover our losses throughout this period it would be much appreciated!”  You can view the video by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

The good news is that we have already booked Hotbuckle Productions’ 2021 show which will be ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. This will be on Friday 18 June and Saturday 19 June 2021 – we hope you’ll put these dates in your diary now.

A new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece inventively told by a cast of four.

“Why didn’t you tell me there was danger? Why didn’t you warn me? Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance of discovering in that way;”

Thomas Hardy’s fictional masterpiece, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, traces the life of the young country girl Tess Durbeyfield. Driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urberville family, the innocent Tess crosses paths with her ‘cousin’, the dissolute Alec, and the gentleman, Angel Clare, with tragic results.

Hardy’s heroine is one of the most moving in all of literature, and her story is hauntingly brought to life in this new version by Adrian Preater.

The cast of four includes Hotbuckle favourites Adrian Preater and Joanna Purslow.

Previous visits to The Swallow Theatre by Hotbuckle Productions include adaptations of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Far from the Madding Crowd.

Duration : 145 minutes including an interval

Recommended age : 12+ (includes themes some may find distressing)

they managed quite brilliantly to create atmosphere, suspense, comedy and clear, believable characters

Maidenhead Advertiser

[Hotbuckle] have built themselves an enviable reputation for taking period novels you really think you should have read and delivering them on a plate - with loyalty, love and affection … it’s Hotbuckle at their very best

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