Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre (NHB Modern Plays)

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A bold and theatrically inventive adaptation of the literary classic that puts the interior life of the novel on stage.
As a child, the orphaned Jane Eyre is taught by a succession of severe guardians to stifle her natural exuberance. A part of herself is locked away, out of view of polite society… until she arrives at Rochester's house as a governess to his young child. Soon Rochester's passionate nature reawakens Jane's hidden self, but darker secrets are stirring in the attic…
'Polly Teale has liberated Jane Eyre in a way that Charlotte Bronte could not… Her most inspired idea is to fuse the mad woman in the attic with Jane's younger self' – Observer
'Puts the interior life of the book on stage as well as its narrative. Adaptations of this quality can't be dismissed as a poor second to reading the book' – Time Out
'one of the finest and most searching stage adaptations I have ever seen… this Jane Eyre succeeds as both a wise distillation of the novel and a thrilling piece of theatre in its own right' – Daily Telegraph
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92 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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