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Hard Times

Wednesday 4 April–Saturday 14 April 2018

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.

Wednesday 4 April–Saturday 14 April 2018

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“Visually arresting…”

The Stage

“The company is absolutely at the top of its game…”

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“Hugely entertaining...top notch Broadsides…”

Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post

“An entertaining and accessible production…”

David Upton, British Theatre Guide
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“A strong reminder of the importance of art and culture…”

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