adapted by Jessica Swale from Thomas Hardy’s novel.


“It is my intention to astonish you all!”

When a spirited young working woman inherits a farm from her uncle, no-one expects her to run it alone…

This powerful story of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene – proud, intelligent and impulsive – whose life is complicated by three different men – respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel Oak – making her the object of scandal and betrayal.

Thomas Hardy’s famous novel was listed at number 48 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read in 2003, and finished 10th on The Guardian‘s list of greatest love stories of all time in 2007. Still as relevant today as when it was written, it explores the precarious position of a woman in a man’s world who desires to live life on her own terms, and vividly portrays the superstitions and traditions of a small rural community.

Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn: winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award 2015)

“Swale skilfully knits the epic and intimate” – What’s On Stage

The Gallery Players production uses original music by Emily Bennett and animal puppetry by Dave Borthwick to bring this famous story thrillingly to life.

View show programme here.