Based on Hardy's 1891 Victorian love story, Tess is set in fictional Wessex where the beautiful Tess Durbeyfield, a peasant descended from an aristocratic family, is harbouring a secret from her gentleman farmer fiance Angel Clare. When the past finally catches up with her, causing a rift between the couple, baddie Alec d'Urberville tries to stake his claim.
Tess stars Philippa Healey and Poppy Tierney, who assume the title role on alternate evenings. They are joined by a cast of 25 including Jonathan Monks as the romantic Angel Clare and Alasdair Harvey as the villainous Alec D'Urberville. The musical is composed by Stephen Edwards with lyrics by Justin Fleming. It is directed by Karen Louise Hebden and co-produced by Sheffield Theatres and Durbeyfield plc.