- Venue: Courtyard Theatre
- Duration: 2 hours 10
- Other: Post Show Discussion Wed 5 Oct
More Information on Villette (2016)
Charlotte Brontë’s Villette
Re-imagined by Linda Marshall-Griffiths
Lucy Snowe, alone and abandoned, boards a boat in search of purpose.
Arriving at an archaeological site digging for the remains of the elusive Lady of Villette, she works alongside the beautiful Gin, the prying Beck, the charming Dr John and the remote Professor Paul, though Lucy remains an outsider.
Absorbed in her work to find a cure for the next pandemic to secure humanity’s future, can she open herself up to the possibility of love and put the bones of the past behind her?
On the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, West Yorkshire Playhouse celebrates her unique genius with a daring new adaptation by a fellow Yorkshire writer, Linda Marshall-Griffiths. With echoes of the illness and loss that wracked Brontë’s own life, both novel and play explore the redemptive power of love and the uncertainty of holding on to it.
‘It is her finest novel. All her force, and it is the more tremendous for being constricted…’
– Virginia Woolf
This show contains: Strobe Lighting; Occasional Strong Language; Flashing Images
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Cast & Credits
Director Mark Rosenblatt / Designer Jess Curtis / Lighting Designer Chris Davey / Composer and Sound Designer John Harris / Movement Director Megan Kennedy / Video Designer Andrzej Goulding / Assistant Director Tess Seddon / Assistant Trainee Director RTYDS Placement Omari Swanston-Jeffers / Casting Director Kay Magson CDG /
A West Yorkshire Playhouse Prodcution
- Philip Cairns
- Catherine Cusack
- Amelia Donkor
- Laura Elsworthy
as Lucy Snowe
- Nana Amoo-Gottfried
as John Bretton
“ Bold, intense and unconventional interpretation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel, with a powerful central performance”
“ ...there isn’t a bonnet in sight – but as a piece of powerful new writing it certainly gets my vote”
Villette Behind the ScenesClick below to discover an insight into the Villette rehearsal process by Assistant Directors Tess Seddon and Assistant Trainee Director Omari Swanston-JeffersWelcome to Villette Weeks 1 and 2 Meet the Designer
Click on PLAY below to find out more about school visits to the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth and exciting Bronte-inspired book-handling sessions at Leeds City LibraryVillette: A Practical WorkshopSat 24 Sept - Sat 15 OctA West Yorkshire Playhouse workshop based on Villette.Discover more about the adaptation of this novel and how the Playhouse brought this unique production to life.Duration: morning or afternoon (90 minutes)Suitable for: GCSE/A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies studentsAvailable: during September and October in school or at the PlayhouseCost: £165+VAT (plus travel expenses if taking place in school)Maximum: 30 studentsClick here for more information about our Education resourcesPlease contact Aoibheann Kelly, Creative Eduction Manager for more information about all workshop opportunities on Aiobheann.Kelly@leedsplayhouse.org.uk
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance