Tom Morgan will be directing the February production of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard.
Nineteenth-century Derbyshire: a girl looks at her rice pudding and perceives the inevitable decline of the Newtonian universe. Her tutor, discovered with another man’s wife, is challenged to a duel – and a great romantic poet comes to stay.
The same room, 200 years later: academics are still trying to figure it all out. In 1809 the genius of Thomasina Coverly is overshadowed by the secrets of the adults around her. In the present day, Hannah and Bernard try to piece together what happened, aided by a mathematician and his pet tortoise, Lightning.
Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece covers art and poetry, genius and madness, chaos and order, nature and geometry. Not to mention landscape gardening, the laws of thermodynamics. And sex, of course – the attraction that Newton left out.
The New York Times described Arcadia as Stoppard’s ‘richest, most ravishing comedy’.
Rehearsals are under-way with the cast as follows:
Thomasina Coverly – Bethy Hughes
Septimus Hodge – Leigh Crocombe
Jellaby – Chris Paxton
Ezra Chater – Dermot Boyle
Richard Noakes – Jim Thurston
Lady Croom – Debbie Simmons
Captain Brice – Paul Emery
Hannah Jarvis – Kate Monro
Chloe Coverly – Claire Davies
Bernard Nightingale – Ian MacEwan
Valentine Coverly – Scott Morrison
Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly – George Kounoupias
Tickets can be booked via ticketsouce Here