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Far from the Madding Crowd

Adapted for the stage by Mark Healy

‘evocative and very beautiful’ British Theatre Guide
‘Haunting... Brooding... Smouldering... Dynamic drama’ The Guardian
‘lucid...commanding performances’ The Telegraph

Thomas Hardy's much-loved classic is brought dramatically to life in this thrilling new production which fuses vivid story-telling, live folk-song and humour in a dynamic ensemble staging.

I shall do one thing in this life. That is love you, long for you and keep wanting you ’til I die.

Having inherited her father’s farm, a spirited and feisty young woman – Bathsheba Everdene, finds herself playing mistress in a man’s world. She is pursued by three would-be lovers: the constant shepherd, Gabriel Oak; the obsessive landowner, William Boldwood and the reckless Sergeant Troy. But are any of them a match for the wilful Bathsheba?

Based upon one of Hardy’s most popular and enduring novels, Far from the Madding Crowd takes us on a theatrical journey through Hardy country, following a passionate young girl propelled into womanhood by her experiences of love and loss.

An English Touring Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre co-production.


Cambridge Arts Theatre

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2008

Oxford Playhouse

7 - 11 Oct 2008

New Wolsey Theatre

14 - 18 Oct 2008

Northern Stage

21 - 25 Oct 2008

Richmond Theatre

4 - 8 Nov 2008

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

11 - 15 Nov 2008

Malvern Theatres

18 - 22 Nov 2008

Theatre Royal Brighton

25 - 29 Nov 2008

Creative Team


Mark Healy


Kate Saxon


Libby Watson

Lighting Designer

Oliver Fenwick


Gary Yershon

Sound Designer

Duncan Cave

Assistant Director

Helen Leblique

Movement Director

Georgina Lamb


Ginny Schiller


William Boldwood

Stephen Billington

Fannny Robin/Temperance

Jennifer Bryden

Gabriel Oak

Phil Cheadle
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Sergeant Troy

Adam Croasdell

Liddy Smallbury

Laura Elphinstone

Soldier/Matthew Moon

Gwynfor Jones

Bathsheba Everdene

Rebecca O’Mara

Henry Fray/Shepherd/Merchant 2

Jack Sandle

Maryann/Mrs Hurst

Cleo Sylvestre
Ewan Wardrop


Ruth Westley

Jan Coggan/Vicar

Noel White

Joseph Poorgrass

Gareth Williams


Johnson Willis