Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring their production of Wuthering Heights to National Trust Nymans, Haywards Heath, on Sunday, August 14 (6.30pm).
Brontë’s tale of enduring love has entranced readers for generations. Now, it comes to the stage in an adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner.
Laura said: “As an enormous fan of the Brontës, adapting Wuthering Heights for the open air stage was a dream come true. There is something thrilling about the sheer drama and emotion of this story and to me, an open-air setting could not be more fitting.
“I hope that this adaptation brings the passion between Cathy and Heathcliff alive to pay true homage to Emily Brontë’s unforgettable novel.”
Director Rebecca Gadsby said: “Wuthering Heights is such a wonderfully enticing story for a director: full of passion, rage, anger, manipulation and some very complex characters. It also has one of the most complicated love stories in literature. But these elements make it a joy for a creative team to work on, because there is so much unsaid between the characters that we have plenty of scope for interpretation.
“I want to take the audience on a journey through the emotional highs and lows that Brontë so excellently explores in her novel. And what better backdrop to do this, than the wild English countryside?
“Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s everlasting love bring happiness or will the very forces of nature and the moors tear them apart?
“Chapterhouse Theatre Company is now in its 17th year of touring open-air theatre at some of the most beautiful country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland. From a first year of performances at some 30 venues with Romeo and Juliet in 2000, the company has established itself as one of the most successful and critically acclaimed touring companies in the country. In 2016, Chapterhouse is performing in over 180 of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful and idyllic garden settings.
“Over the years, the company has toured with a variety of shows, including a range of Shakespeare’s plays and extremely popular Jane Austen adaptations. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and in honour of this Chapterhouse will be touring with a special reimagining of its popular production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jane Austen fans will not be disappointed either with the return of romantic comedy, Sense and Sensibility.
“Open-air theatre lends itself perfectly to pre-show picnics, a chance for friends and family to sit back and enjoy each other’s company while indulging in a glass of chilled summer wine and watching a wonderfully traditional evening of entertainment.”
Tickets on 0844 249 1895.
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