A bold new adaptation of the classic love story, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights comes to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th April.
Published shortly after Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights is arguably the masterpiece of the Brontë novels, published by Emily in 1847 when she was only 29, the year before she died.
This complex tale of cruelty, passion, jealousy and revenge charts the inhabitants of two isolated Yorkshire farmhouses over a period of two generations and divided the readers of its day with its outspoken views on social mores.
Adapted and directed by Helen Tennison, her new production premieres at Guildford: “I have been longing to adapt and direct Wuthering Heights for the stage for ages, it’s so wild and passionate. After directing many other adaptations of great classics, I felt I needed to write this one myself in the hope of presenting a theatrically imaginative vision that fully captures its essence. Wuthering Heights has always been one of my favourites – I love the gothic, supernatural elements; Cathy’s spirit knocking at the window, Heathcliff believing he sees her after her death. These elements are so exciting in performance and take the play way beyond your average romance.”
The versatile cast includes Emma Fenney as Nelly Dean, who dazzled audiences with her endearing portrayal of Eleanor in Sense and Sensibility, Jack Benjamin (Royal Court,Nuffield Theatre) who plays the fiercely uncompromising Heathcliffe and award-winning actress Lucinda Lloyd (Royal Court, Globe) is the beautiful and free spirited Cathy. George Haynes, Adam Redmayne and Helen Watkinson complete the cast.
Tennison’s previous work includes multi award-nominated Time Out Critic’s Choice Breakfast With Emma, which is Fay Weldon’s take on Madame Bovary, and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
Brontë fans can relax in the knowledge that this production will be faithful to both the spirit and the content of the novel: “I aim to ignite imagination in the way that a novel does, I take my lead from Emily Bronte,” says Tennison.
Combining powerful acting and an original musical score with beautifully visual, design-orientated storytelling, enter Emily Brontë’s thrilling world.
Tickets for Wuthering Heights are on sale now!
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Monday 3rd March 2014