West Yorkshire Playhouse announces Brontë Season

Date Posted: 22/04/2016

Brontë Season will take centre stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this autumn, to celebrate the bicentenary of Yorkshire-born Charlotte Brontë’s birth.

The season will centre on three new West Yorkshire Playhouse commissions, which explore the works of the literary family, titled Villette, Wasted, and Know Your Place.

Villette will be brought to life by Yorkshire writer Linda Marshall-Griffiths. The play will be a reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s novel of the same title, whilst remaining true to its insights into loneliness, yearning and the redemptive power of love.

It will be directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse associate director Mark Rosenblatt.

Wasted has been described as a work-in-progress performance of a new musical about Yorkshire’s greatest (and strangest) artistic family - the Brontës.

Wasted updates the Brontë family and brings them into contemporary society; 'the kids from Haworth' as you've never seen them before. The production is written by Christopher Ash (musical director on Olivier Award-winning Showstoppers) and Carl Miller.

Lastly will be Know Your Place, an interactive digital arts project mapping the lives, locations and work of the Brontës 200 years ago, and created by BAFTA-winning team Rocket.

The story will map the physical places in Yorkshire which influenced the worlds and the characters the Brontë sisters created, alongside contemporary reflections on ‘place’ created by artists, audiences and members of the public around the world.

Dates for each of the productions are to be confirmed shortly.

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Elsewhere in the autumn season, Northern Ballet presents Wuthering Heights, choreographed by David Nixon with an original score by Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg.

There will also be a series of screenings and panel events that will take place over the autumn to promote debate on the classic works.

Group travel organisers will benefit from one free place when booking for ten or more people, plus discounted ticket rates.

For further information visit wyp.org.uk.

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