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South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Opens 26 Sep 2017
"A thrilling production. Fresh and wonderfully engaging."
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Charlotte Bronte's seminal novel comes alive on the stage in this breathtaking production that returns to the National Theatre this September. Follow the story of a young woman who beats the odds against the bad fortune that life has bestowed upon her, as she escapes poverty as an orphan, falls in love with an aloof aristocrat and suffers a huge betrayal. Directed by Sally Cookson. An exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism, the story was in 2009 adapted to the big screen starring Mia Wasikowska in the title role, opposite Michael Fassbender as Rochester.
Jane Eyre, a plain yet determined young woman has suffered throughout her life; after being shunted into a workhouse by her cruel aunt, she befriends another girl who sadly dies of consumption. When she ages out, she finds work at a forboding country manor as a governess to a young French ward, with whom she kindles a strong bond. Enter the bitter Mr Rochester, who is taken aback at Jane's forthright manners, but slowly grows to love her. However, Rochester already has a secret - he is already married to a woman he keeps hidden in the house. Fleeing Thornfield, she is left homeless and starving, until a country pastor, St John Rivers takes her in.
When her ailing aunt calls for her, she reveals a devastating truth; Jane was not in fact without a family, but instead was summoned years ago by her kindly uncle abroad - upon his death, he leaves her a fortune, allowing her to cut ties with the cruel woman forever. Returning to St John, he proposes her to, planning to take her with him on a mission to India; however Jane does not return his affection. Hearing Rochester's voice on the moor, she flees back to Thornfield, where the manor is now a smoking wreck, and Rochester is left blinded, crippled and abandoned. She forsakes all others to love him, and together, they build a new life on the smouldering foundations.
Opening night: 26 September 2017
Suitable for ages 10+
Three hours and 30 minutes long
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