Hard Times, a tale of the people from Charles Dickens
"Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else in your mind and root out everything else."
Thomas Gradgrind is convinced he has the key to the education and upbringing of his children, Louisa and Tom. But events are about to shake the very foundation of his beliefs - and humanity and humility are reaching out to claim him...
This well-loved Dickens tale, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys - set in an industrial Lancashire town in the 1840s - has a wealth of memorable characters, including the pompous Josiah Bounderby, the devious Mrs Sparsit and luck-abandoned Stephen Blackpool. Not forgetting the colourful Mr Sleary and the performers in his travelling circus.
"People must be amuthed. They can't alwayth be a-learning, nor yet they can't be alwayth be a-working, they aren't made for it."
Performances are at 7:30pm, on Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th June 2009 at the Mirren Studio, The Towngate Theatre, Basildon, Essex.
Tickets £7.50 (£5.50 concessions).
You can phone us to check availability and book tickets on 01268 288114, or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or buy tickets on the door.
We hope you can join us for this splendid evening of entertainment.