Toured summer 2005 (itinerary below):
NB Excellent responses across the board. View A5 leaflet?
THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE
Adapted from Thomas Hardy’s novel by Philip Goulding
When 21 year-old hay-trusser Michael Henchard gets drunk and sells his wife and her baby for 5 guineas at Weydon-Priors Fair to a sailor, he reaches a turning-point in his life. He vows temperance, tries in vain to find his wife, applies himself to such an extent that he becomes a substantial businessman and Mayor of Casterbridge. But he never manages to escape his inner loneliness and his need to impose his will on others and command their total loyalty.
The rich pageant of characters who create impact on his life include amongst others the too-brilliant Scotsman, Donald Farfrae, and three women – his rediscovered wife, Susan, his mistress and intended wife, Lucetta, and the girl who may be his daughter, Elizabeth-Jane.
Wood-engraving by Peter Reddick from Thomas Hardy, Mayor of Casterbridge, 1968 ã The Folio Society, London
This powerful story confirmed Thomas Hardy as a major novelist. Philip Goulding’s adaptation (originally for a production by Forest Forge and Salisbury Playhouse) was highly-praised:
The Wessex Actors Company has earned its reputation for quality Hardy adaptations over the years. "The Mayor of Casterbridge" will be the company’s 6th production by this internationally acclaimed writer. Our last was our second production of Hardy’s own adaptation of "Tess of the D’Urbervilles" in 2001:..........
Wessex Actors Company with Michael Barry's sympathetic, uncluttered
direction continues to give value... leaving the starring role to
Thomas Hardy and his narrative."
The Wessex Actors Company production of "The Mayor of Casterbridge" toured between late March and early May 2005.
Contact: Michael Barry 01278 733100/ 07906 364189
MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE - ITINERARY
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