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Hard Times

Wed 4 Apr–Sat 14 Apr

A new adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel
By Debbie McAndrew
Directed by Conrad Nelson

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.

Booking Information
Showing: Wednesday 4 April–Saturday 14 April 2018

Tickets: £14.50 - £24.00
First Night Fever: Wed 4 April – All seats £16.50 (no cons)
Talkback: Thu 5 April

Concessions: £2.00 off
Group Discounts: £2.00 off for ten or more
Four Friends for £66
Under 26s Go Free

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