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Tess of the d’Urbervilles - Rose Theatre Kingston

Photo credit: Naomi Couzens

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of The Crucible last spring, 55 members of Rose Youth Theatre and the Rose’s adult amateur acting company, the Rose Players, are once again joining forces for the landmark community production, Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

The largest show Rose Plus has ever staged, it will be performed at the Rose Theatre Kingston on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, 2013.

According to the press material, this specially written adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s gripping tale of love, innocence and hypocrisy is set against an evocative pastoral landscape that glows with imagination.

Tess is a lowborn country girl who delights in dancing on the village green. When her family discovers links with ancient nobility, she is sent to rescue them from destitution.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles is adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville, who said: “Tess lends itself beautifully to a big production and the energy of this cast makes working on the show a joyful experience. I’m delighted there are so many bookings already and I can’t wait to share it with Kingston in January.”

Gracey Maloney, who is playing Tess, said: “I was over the moon when I got the part of Tess. Any part in such a fantastic play would have been amazing, but to be given the opportunity to play such an iconic character felt like a dream come true. I just hope I can do her justice.”

Tickets: £8 – 10, under 16 £5 – available from the box office on 08444 821 556 or online at

Times: 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.