Under the Greenwood Tree
17 - 23 December 2013
Adapted by Jack Shepherd
Visiting production - Presented by The Players Collective
Tue 7:30pm, Thu 7:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2:45pm, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:45pm, Sun 7:30pm, Mon 7:30pm
I hope that members of LLT will be interested to hear of a new piece of theatre which will take place just before Christmas at the theatre. Noting a small but significant opportunity in December The Players Collective requested and received permission from the Committee to fill it. Following the sellout success of A Christmas Carol at this time last year we decided to follow Miles with another ‘late and great’, a stage adaptation by Jack Shepherd of the much loved Thomas Hardy early novel Under the Greenwood Tree. The production is playing on 17 December, and 19 to 23 December at 7.30p.m. and 2.45p.m. for the Saturday & Sunday matinees. Tickets available from Lewes Tourist Board and wegotickets.com, are £10.00 or £8.00 for members of Lewes Theatre Club or The Players Collective.
The production will feature original Dorset carols and songs that would have been sung by Hardy himself and the singing, under the direction of Chris Parke, will be a delight few will want to miss. This totally original theatre script is on the familiar theme of young love but also of female emancipation and the end of traditional English village life with maleness at its heart. Refreshments in Hardy’s Dorset style will be available in the Foyer for Christmas cheer.
We hope that Lewes Theatre members (several of whom will be on and offstage in the production !) will luxuriate in Hardy’s glorious language about real people - this will be a tinsel free delight for all !