Written in 1854, Hard Times is Charles Dickens' most passionately political work. In Coketown, callous businessmen Thomas Gradgrind and Josiah Bounderby have created a logical, heartless world regulated by measurable facts and data and at the expense of joy and imagination. While these monsters prosper, children endure a cold and loveless life. But their unhappy world is transformed when Sleary’s circus comes to town….
“There is a love in the world. It’s not all self interest after all, but something very different…”

This is a compelling tale of cold hearts and blazing humanity. Dickens’ masterful language, clear moral insight and vibrant, colourful characters come to life in this many-layered theatrical tour de force - it seems an irresistible tale for this day and age.

Writer: Charles Dickens
Adaptation: Stephen Jeffreys
Director: Joe Harmston
Cast: Adrian Metcalfe, Sonia Beck, Vern Griffiths, Non Haf
Age range: 11 and upwards
Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes approx. (including 20 min interval)

 

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