Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING the West End transfer of Louisa May Alcott's Little
Women, another North American literary classic, Anne
of Green Gables, will be staged at the Lilian
Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells, from November 30, 2004
to January 8, 2005 (previews from November 25).
A new adaptation of Canadian novelist, Lucy Maud Montgomery's
story, Anne of Green Gables follows the fortunes of Matthew
and Marilla Cuthbert who live and work on their smallholding in
a country village.
As they get older, life becomes harder
and so, they approach an orphanage with a view to employing a
boy to help them with their farm duties. A girl though, is what
they get - the red-haired, fanciful Anne Shirley.
Montgomery's novel was first published as long ago as 1908 and
was the first in a series that included Anne of Avonlea, Anne
of the Island and Anne's House of Dreams. Interest
was revived in the 1980's by a North American TV series.
In the Sadler's Wells production, Ruth Gibson (pictured)
will star as Anne, in a nine-strong cast that will also include
David Baron as Matthew Cuthbert, and Jenny Lee as Marilla.
Anne of Green Gables is adapted by Emma Reeves and directed
by Andrew Loudon who together, were responsible for Little
Women which is currently playing at the Duchess Theatre.
Anne of Green Gables promises to be an ideal Christmas
treat for the whole family.