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Adaptation of Jane Eyre coming to Canterbury next month

PUBLISHED: 12:38 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 26 May 2017

Jane Eyre at the National Theatre

Jane Eyre at the National Theatre


The production tells the story of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment

The National Theatre’s adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is coming to Canterbury in June.

The production tells the 170-year-old story of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment. From her beginnings as an orphan, Jane Eyre’s heroine faces life’s obstacles, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of betrayal before taking the decision to follow her heart.

Director, Sally Cookson, said: “Adapting a novel for the stage is a challengeing prospect - espaecially when that novel is cited as many people’s favourite of all time. It is always dauting 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.

“I chose this particular title because it’s a story that I love and have enjoyed a close relationship with ever since I was intrigued, as a child, by Orson Welles’ black and white melodrama with fabulous music by Bernard Herrman.

“I didn’t actually read the novel until I was in my early twenties and I remember thinking while I read it: ‘this is a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women, not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss’. I was struck by how modern Jane seemed - her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself. She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be.”

Sally is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Treasure Island and Peter Pan; and Boing!, Cinderella, an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather, and Romeo and Juliet.

Nadia Clifford takes the central role of Jane Eyre. Manchester born and bred, she previously appeared at the National Theatre in Alistair McDowell’s sell-out production of Pomona.

Jane Eyre is at The Marlowe Theatre from June 19-24.

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