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Ballet: Jane Eyre at Sadler’s Wells

PUBLISHED: 13:18 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:18 09 May 2018

Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre, a ballet by Cathy Marston. Photo Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre, a ballet by Cathy Marston. Photo Emma Kauldhar


Northern Ballet brings dramatic dance interpretation of Brontë’s Jane Eyre to Sadler’s Wells

Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre, a ballet by Cathy Marston. Photo Emma KauldharNorthern Ballet's Jane Eyre, a ballet by Cathy Marston. Photo Emma Kauldhar

Jane Eyre, one of literature’s most iconic heroines, is coming to Sadler’s Wells Theatre this month with dramatic performances running from 15-19 May. Northern Ballet are bringing the gothic love story to life at the London venue for the first time, through a blend of classical ballet and drama.

The classic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets is set to a score of original compositions that incorporate 19th century music, compiled and arranged by composer Philip Feeney and played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. The show’s choreography was created by Cathy Marston and painted cloth costumes and sets were designed by Patrick Kinmonth.

“Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was a novel far ahead of its time – a character and a book that continue to provoke and move generation after generation, reread after re-read,” Marston said.

The production tracks the protagonist’s journey from a young orphan to a strong-spirited governess at a gentleman’s manor, where an unlikely bond forms between her and the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester, whose hidden past threatens to ruin them both.

Joseph Taylor as Mr Rochester and Mariana Rodrigues as Bertha MasonJoseph Taylor as Mr Rochester and Mariana Rodrigues as Bertha Mason

“I’m often drawn to strong female leads; characters like Cathy (Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights) Mrs Alving (Ibsen’s Ghosts) or Lolita (of Nabokov’s novel) are just some of those who have inspired me. Jane is considered an early feminist character,” Marston said.

“She feels like she is fighting the outside world but she is also fighting herself. As I discovered her anew through our rehearsals I was struck by how surprising she is. Her reactions are seldom obvious, and we always asked, ‘What would Jane do here?’”

Jane Eyre was originally premièred by Northern Ballet in May 2016 and nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2017.

This event is also suitable for those who are blind or partially sighted as an interactive touch tour on 19 May to explore the set and costumes is available, followed by a movement workshop before the audio described matinee performance.

The ballet runs May 15-19. To book visit or call the box office on 020 7863 8000.

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