Hardy’s epic Tess to be musical at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Photo by Michael Brydon.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of nineteenth century Wessex, Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece Tess of the D’Urbervilles, is brought thrillingly to the stage in a new full-length musical adaptation, full of drama, colour and passion.

Tess has been adapted by Alex Loveless from Hardy’s book. Alex has also written the book, music and lyrics while his brother, Chris, will direct. It opens at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre from September 2-27.

Nick Hayes plays Angel. His West End musical theatre roles include Ren in Footloose, Ghost, Saturday Night Fever, Legally Blonde, and Fame and The Wedding Singer on UK tour.

He was also Orson Buxton, courier to the modelling agency, in Hollyoaks: In the City on E4.

Martin Neely is Alec. Martin has appeared in Les Mis, Scrooge and Taboo.

On tour he was in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Whistle Down the Wind. He was Paris and Lady Montague in the film Shakespeare in Love.

Jessica Daley plays Tess. Her musical theatre credits include Mamma Mia! in the West End, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Guys and Dolls, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. She was a finalist in the ‘Over the Rainbow’ BBC1 TV search for Dorothy.
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The rest of the cast are: Luka Bjelis, Catherine Digges, Marc Geoffrey, Emma Harrold, Sarah Kate Howarth, Guy Hughes, Jessica Millward, Alex Wingfield.

This is the fourth large scale musical that the Loveless brothers have worked on together, including an adaptation of the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day.

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