Hard Times

Northern Broadsides

Wed 16 — Sat 19 May

at Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides present
A new adaptation of Charles Dickens
Hard Times
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.

A visually arresting, laudably executed attempt at tackling one of Dickens’ gnarliest narratives

The Stage

The whole cast functions as an exuberant ensemble as well as giving impressively detailed performances

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