Sneak Peek at… the UK tour of Jane Eyre

As the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic production embarks on a UK tour, production images have been released…

Nadia Clifford (Jane Eyre) NT Jane Eyre Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffMögenburg (11).JPG

Nadia Clifford (Jane Eyre). (c) Brinkhoff /Moegenburg. 

The new images for Sally Cookson’s production of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel have been released as the show embarks on a major UK tour, featuring 21 cities and will end in a return to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September – 21 October 2017.

Having opened at The Lowry on the 8th April, the production will also be visiting: Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Belfast, Aberdeen, Birmingham and Hull.

NT Jane Eyre Tour 2017 ensemble. Photo by BrinkhoffMögenburg (11).JPG

The ensemble for Jane Eyre. (c) Brinkhoff/Moegenburg. 

The cast for the production includes Nadia Clifford as Jane Eyre, Tim Delap as Rochester, Hannah Bristow (Helen Burns/Adele/St John/Grace Poole/Abbot), Matthew Churcher (Musician), Alex Heane (Musician), Melanie Marshall (Bertha Mason), Paul Mundell (Mr Brocklehurst/Pilot/Mason),  David Ridley (musician), Evelyn Miller (Bessie/Blanche Ingram/Diana) and  Lynda Rook (Mrs Reed/Mrs Fairfax).  The cast is completed by Ben Cutler, Jenny Johns, Dami Olukoya,  Francesca Tomlinson and Phoebe Vigor.

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017Royal National Theatre

Jane Eyre Ensemble. (c) Brinkhoff/Moegenburg. 

2017 is the 170th anniversary since the novel was first published, making this touring production an important part of celebrations.

Sally Cookson’s production was originally presented in two parts at the Bristol Old Vic, before transferring to the National Theatre and reimagined into a single part. Jane Eyre features designs by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham and dramaturgy by Mike Akers.

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017Royal National Theatre

(c)Brinkhoff/Moegenburg 

Director Sally Cookson said: “Adapting a novel for the stage is a challenging prospect – especially when that novel is cited as many people’s favourite of all time. It is always daunting when you’re working on a story which everyone knows so well, because you want to surprise and maybe challenge people’s expectations, without losing any of the things which make them like the story in the first place.”

Jane Eyre will continue to tour the UK until the 21st October. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/jane-eyre-on-tour