Charlotte Brontë’s bold Jane Eyre comes to National Theatre

Madeleine Worrall (Jane) in rehearsal. Images Manuel Harlan.
Madeleine Worrall (Jane Eyre) in rehearsal. Images Manuel Harlan.

Rehearsals are well under way for the opening of Charlotte Brontë’s blistering Jane Eyre at the National Theatre next month.

The acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production will run on the Lyttelton stage with previews from September 8 until October 25 although additional performances are expected to be announced. It moves back to Bristol in January.

Bristol Old Vic’s highly praised staging of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, originally presented in two parts, will come to the National as a single performance, again directed by Sally Cookson and devised by the company.

Director Sally Cookson.
Sally Cookson.

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

Madeleine Worrall plays Jane Eyre. The rest of the cast is: Benji Bower, Will Bower, Elly Condron, Craig Edwards, Laura Elphinstone, Felix Hayes, Richard Hurst, Phil King, Melanie Marshall, Simone Saunders, Jools Scott, Maggie Tagney, Stevie Thompson, Joannah Tincey, Ellena Vincent.

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