Thistledown Theatre presents Polly Teale's Brontë in the atmospheric surroundings of the University Church's Old Library.
This extraordinary play evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës, as their fictional characters come to haunt their creators. In 1845, Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace, plagued by his addictions. As he descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the household, his sisters write…
Brontë was produced by award-winning theatre company Shared Experience in 2010, in a co-production with the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, directed by Nancy Meckler.
The approach is one of physical emancipation conducted under exacting rules of engagement – naturalism whirls free of plodding bio-drama, reaching a place of ardent, poetic expression, before being brought back to earth by salient facts: deaths in the family, the worries of debt, the key moments of publication. The Telegraph review of the 2010 production.
Online ticket sales will close at 5pm on the evening of each performance; remaining tickets will be available on the door (cash only). These and any unreserved PWYC tickets can be obtained at the venue on a first-come first-served basis from 7pm.
In conjunction with the run of this show, the Vaults and Garden Cafe (directly below the venue) will be open for a pre-show supper each evening from 6pm. A combined ticket will be available online from 10th February. Drinks will be available for purchase separately at dinner and during the interval. Please visit the Vaults and Garden Cafe website for sample menus; as produce used is seasonal, these are subject to change (but trust us, the food is great!)