Jane Eyre

A new theatre adaptation of Jane Eyre will tour the UK this year from April to September, and can be used to support English and Drama studies.

The new production has had an English and Drama workshop designed to go with it, suitable for Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils. 

The new tour

2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The story follows the tale of heroine Jane Eyre and her growth to adulthood, and can be used to explore topics like sexism, feminism and classicism.

The new tour, co-produced by the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, will open at The Lowry in Salford on 8th April.

It will then visit cities including Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh and York, before closing at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 16th September.

Nadia Clifford will take on the central role of Jane Eyre and Tim Delap will play Mr Rochester. Other confirmed cast members include Hannah Bristow, Melanie Marshall and Paul Mundell.

English and Drama studies

Adapted by Sally Cookson, the new production focuses on the life-story rather than love story of Jane Eyre, and a workshop is available to pair with a visit to the theatre. It is suitable for Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils studying English and Drama.

Described as highly practical, the learning session looks at how a text is brought to life for the stage, It will be led by a member of the play’s creative team.

The workshop will also provide opportunities for pupils to find the voice of well-known characters and parts of the storyline through movement, music and improvisation.

Workshops are offered at venues where the production is playing, at selected times during the run. School travel organiser should contact their local theatre for full details.

For further information and to book tickets visit www.janeeyreonstage.co.uk.

(Photo credit: Manuel Harlan).