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Jane Eyre - Rosemary Branch Theatre

Jane Eyre. Photo by Ian Cuisine.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BRYONY J. Thompson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre runs at the Rosemary Branch Theatre from April 17 to May 5, 2013.

Part ghost story, part Gothic romance, and part religious tract, this gripping new adaptation of a favourite classic remains faithful to the text. By combining Bronte’s original dialogue with the actual narrative, the book literally comes to life.

Set in 1840’s northern England, the early stirrings of feminism shine through the strict adherence to social hierarchy giving this venerated novel its iconic status.

Orphaned into an unloving household, subjected to poor treatment at a charity school, Jane Eyre emerges to seek her fortune unbroken in spirit and integrity. She becomes a governess to the ward of the enigmatic Mr Rochester, eventually falling in love with him and he with her.

The story of Jane Eyre surpasses mere melodrama and illustrates a passionate and tenacious woman’s search for a wide rich life.

Jane Eyre is also directed by Bryony J. Thompson, Artistic Associate at The Rosemary Branch Theatre where her production of Romeo and Juliet was much acclaimed in October 2012.

The cast includes Francesca Binefa, Katy Daghorn, Ludovic Hughes, Rob Pomfret, Lainey Shaw, and Helen Russell-Clark as Jane Eyre.

The Rosemary Branch Theatre has a long tradition of presenting English classics re-worked and adapted for their unique space. Cecilia Darker and Cleo Sylvestre have been joint Artistic Directors since 1996 and have consistently supported emerging theatrical talent in London.

Tickets: £13, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7704 665 or online at www.rosemarybranch.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6pm.