Ahem. Back to the play. Elfride Swancourt, a beautiful and impulsive country girl , has lived a life of seclusion and until the arrival of two strangers shatters that peace and tranquillity forever…
Ruba Duk Productions presents their adaptation of Hardy’s third published novel, which tells of the story of the love triangle that develops between the beautiful, impulsive Elfride – she of the blue eyes – and her suitors, the handsome Stephen Smith and the older, urbane Mr Knight.
Torn between the two men, the play dramatises a novel which itself was closely based upon Hardy’s own love affair with Emma Gifford. Ruba Duk calls it “a rare chance to witness a dramatisation of one of Hardy’s most perceptive and emotionally charged works”.
“As far as we know,” they continue, “this will be the British, nay, the world premiere of this underrated classic. We look forward to transporting you back to the 1870s and a world of repressed emotion and grand passions.”
The performance starts at 7.45 pm. All tickets are £5, available from the Lantern’s website.