The Sydney premiere of “Far From the Madding Crowd”, based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel set in rural England, is currently being performed at the Genesian Theatre in Kent Street, Sydney.
For this production, The Genesian Theatre Company has obtained the rights to use Mark Healy’s recent stage adaptation of Hardy’s novel for the English Touring Theatre.
Directed by Debbie Smith, the story of Bathsheba Everdine, the owner of a large farm left to her by a relative, is brought to life by Nicole Harwood, starring as the headstrong heroine. Bathsheba is in the enviable position of having three suitors, all wanting to marry her.
Louis Cummings is excellent as Sergeant Troy, the cad who steals Bathsheba’s affections, while Ben Dewstow tugs at our heartstrings as Farmer Gabriel Oak.
Clever use of the minimalist stage sets helps the audience believe they are watching the daily life of workers on a farm in rural South West England, at the beginning of the industrial revolution.
This production features original music for the folk songs, as well as original choreography for the country dances that are performed.
If you have read the book or seen either of the two movie versions, you are sure to enjoy this production.
“Far From the Madding Crowd” is playing until 25th June 2016, with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm.
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