Performances at 7:30pm.
Emily Brontë's Gothic tale of tortured love is brought to the stage in all its turbulent, passionate glory in this exhilarating and vibrant adaptation by Lucy Gough. Growing up together on the Yorkshire Moors, Catherine Earnshaw and the gypsy Heathcliff are inseparable after he is adopted into her family. But when Catherine marries the refined Edgar Linton, Heathcliff sets his mind to revenge. Their destructive relationship is one of the most enduring love stories of English literature. The story is told in its entirety, showing the doomed relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff and the consequences suffered by their respective children, Cathy and Linton. With a strong physical element, this highly visual production has the moors as a tangible character and Catherine's ghost is a constant presence. Don't miss what is surely one of the most famous and enduring love stories of all time.
Note: this production contains scenes of physical violence
Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights is one of the most enduring love stories of all time. This vibrant and exhilarating adaptation uses exciting physical theatre techniques to bring the audience a thrilling theatrical experience.
Wednesday 28th January -
We were pleased to welcome some VIPs to the Nuffield, and they really enjoyed Wuthering Heights! They were particularly impressed with the intensity brought by the actors and the cracking pace of the show. We've got the mayoral seal of approval!
(L-R: Grahame Ridley and Jane Kennedy from Wiltshire Society; Paul Green, Director; Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh, Tony and Janice Noyce; James Norton, Maskers Marketing)
Emily Brontë was born on 30 July 1818 in Yorkshire. She was the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë and the fifth of six children. In 1820 the family moved to Haworth where their father, Patrick, was Curate. Their mother died from cancer in September 1821. Her older sisters Maria and Elizabeth caught typhoid and both died a few years later. In the autumn of 1845, Charlotte discovered notebooks containing poems Emily had written. Their younger sister Anne brought out her own manuscripts and revealed she had been writing poems in secret as well. The poems were published in 1846. Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847. The novel's innovative structure somewhat puzzled critics, but it has since become a literary classic. In 1848 Emily caught a severe cold during the funeral of her brother Branwell, which led to tuberculosis. On 19 December 1848, a year after its publication, she died aged 30, and never knew the fame she would achieve with her one and only novel. In 1883 The Literary news stated "[Brontë] loved the solemn moors, she loved all wild, free creatures and things," and her love of the moors is manifest in Wuthering Heights.
Lucy Gough was born in London, and eventually moved to Fishguard in Wales, where she had her first child at the age of 18. With no qualifications but a passion for the theatre she completed a Drama course with the OU. At the age of 24 with two children she moved to Aberystwyth to do a B.A. Hons in Drama. As part of her degree she wrote a play which was performed, called Bad Habits Die Hard. She then completed an M.A. in playwriting at Birmingham University. The play she wrote for the M.A., called Joanna, was also performed and then broadcast by BBC Radio. More stage plays followed and she wrote scripts for Hollyoaks for ten years from 1996. Later work includes: Mapping The Soul (2001), Gryfhead (2003), Wuthering Heights (2003, BBC Radio 4), Mapping The Soul 2 (2005) and The White Hare (2008). A stage version of Wuthering Heights was toured from Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2011. She currently writes for the BBC drama series Doctors and is a creative research fellow at University of Wales Aberystwyth.
Concessions £12, Group Concessions
FIRST NIGHT SPECIAL Tues 27 January - all tickets £12 (no discounts)
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