Hard Times

Northern Broadsides

Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. So how can he protect his children from the corrupting influences of the circus when it comes to town?
  • Venue: Quays Theatre
A new adaptation of Charles Dickens
Hard Times
by Debbie McAndrew
Directed by Conrad Nelson

The Northern Powerhouse, 1854.

Coketown – a place where the imagination is forbidden. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. So how can he protect his children from the corrupting influences of the circus when it comes to town?

Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary’s Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of supressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Charles Dickens is celebrated for.

This witty adaptation of a great Northern novel is a touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.

★★★★ Yorkshire Post, Reviews Hub, Plays To See 
“Hugely entertaining...top notch Broadsides" Yorkshire Post 
“The company is absolutely at the top of its game…” Reviews Hub 
"Visually arresting" The Stage


Additional Information

Running times: Act One: 75 minutes, Interval: 20 minutes, Act Two: 75 minutes.

Groups Discount
£2.50 OFF, 1 in 10 FREE (Tue-Thu) 
Call the groups line on 0843 208 6003 for more information. 
Open Mon to Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm.

 

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