Touring the UK from April, casting for the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic’s co-production of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel has been confirmed.
As 2017 marks the 170th anniversary since Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel was originally published, this touring production will visit venues across the UK from April with Nadia Clifford taking the central role of Jane Eyre and Tim Delap as Rochester.
Also in the cast for Sally Cookson’s production will be Hannah Bristow, Matthew Churcher , Alex Heane , Melanie Marshall ,Paul Mundell , David Ridley, Evelyn Miller and Lynda Rook. The cast is completed by Ben Cutler, Jenny Johns, Dami Olukoya, Francesca Tomlinson and Phoebe Vigor.
The production was originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, and then transferred to the National Theatre, re-imagined as a single performance, playing to sold out houses at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre.
Talking about the production 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 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.
The UK tour will open at The Lowry in Salford on 8 April and will continue its journey around the country to Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Belfast, Aberdeen and Birmingham.