February production – Arcadia

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

 

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