Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)

Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)

by  Thomas Hardy, Jessica Swale

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 4f

"Swale skilfully knits the epic and intimate" - What's On Stage
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Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)

Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)

by  Thomas Hardy Jessica Swale

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    5m, 4f
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    Adaptations (Literature)

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When Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm from her uncle, no-one expects her to run it alone. But our spirited young heroine will not be deterred and eagerly takes up the gauntlet.

She rises impressively to the challenges of sheep farming, but the trials of the heart are harder to overcome. Caught between a pair of suitors - the kind and dependable shepherd Gabriel Oak and the prosperous eligible bachelor William Boldwood, her choice seems hard enough. Then the dashing Sergeant Troy appears over the horizon, with a swagger in his step and a dangerous secret in his past. Who will she choose?

Adapted by Jessica Swale, whose play Blue Stockings was nominated for an Evening Standard Award. Her other adaptations include The Secret Garden and Sense and Sensibility, also for the Watermill.

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


5m, 4f
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale is a writer and director. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company and a returning playwright at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Plays include Nell Gwynn (winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award 2015), All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company) and adaptations of Sense an ...

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