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To: Saturday, 2 July 2011
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The repressed desire of beautiful Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage to Bounderby, a powerful mill-owner, is awakened by the handsome seducer James Harthouse. Thomas Gradgrind, her father, is forced to see love and imagination triumph over hid blind faith in "facts, facts, facts!".
9 June 2011
Fittingly, on a typically bleak, rain soaked Manchester evening, the audience waits to be taken by ushers into the mill for what promises to be an unusual and distinct theatre experience. The Library Theatre Company’s adaptation of Dickens’s novel Hard Times - For These Hard Times is a multi-roomed, promenade feast with the impressive setting of Murrays’ Mill as backdrop.
A stellar adaptation by Charles Way stays faithful to the book with only minor changes for the sake of theatrical sense. Set in the fictional Coketown, Mr Gradgrind, a man of ‘facts and calculations’ and his cold, emotionally destitute children, Louisa and Tom are the epitome of a life imbibed with an oppressive moral code and the effects of utilitarian education over imaginative pursuits. Gradgrind finds his children at a visiting fair and is incensed by what influence this may have upon their de...
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David Fleeshman (Thomas Gradgrind)
Richard Heap (Josiah Bounderby)
David Crellin (Stephen Blackpool/Sleary)
Arthur Wilson (Bitzer/Kidderminster)
Roberta Kerr (Mrs Gradgrind/Mrs Pegler)
Verity May Henry (Sissy)
Lynda Rooke (Mrs Sparsit/Stephen Blackpool's wife)
Mina Anwar (Rachel)
Gareth Cassidy (Tom/Slackbridge)
Richard Hand (Mr M'Choakumchild/President/Harthouse)
Alice O'Connell (Louisa)
Lucy Frost (circus performer)
Owen Gaynor (circus performer)