Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

by Handy Mag

York Theatre Royal, Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre present Wuthering Heights this November.

York Theatre Royal, 9-20 November 2021

The Yorkshire moors tell an epic story of love, revenge and redemption.

Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed.

Shot through with music, dance, passion and hope, Wise Children’s Artistic Director Emma Rice transforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a powerful and unique theatrical experience.

Lucy McCormick as Cathy and Ash Hunter as Heathcliff lead the company of performers and musicians in this intoxicating revenge tragedy for our time.

“I am Heathcliff! Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Announcing the production – delayed because of pandemic lockdown – Emma Rice said:  “It is with an earthy spring in my step and epic twinkle in my eye that I announce our new plans for Wuthering Heights. So many projects have fallen by the wayside during lockdown that there were times when I lost hope – but there was no need! Wise Children are back; stronger, wiser and grateful for the chance to sing and dance again. The exceptional cast, crew, administrative and creative teams are ready to go and we are fizzing with ideas, dreams and anticipation. Emboldened and humbled by the enforced break, I feel truly lucky. I cannot wait to get back to doing what I love most and to share this thrilling and important piece with the world. It’s time.”

Emma Rice is the proud and excited Artistic Director of her new company, Wise Children. She adapted and directs the company’s forthcoming Bagdad Cafe, and previous productions Angela Carter’s Wise Children (The Old Vic/UK tour) and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers (Bristol Passenger Shed/UK tour). For the ENO she directed Orpheus in the Underworld. As Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe (2016/18), she directed Romantics Anonymous, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales). For the previous 20 years, she worked for Kneehigh as an actor, director and Artistic Director. Her productions for Kneehigh include The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Tristan & Yseult, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, The Wild Bride, The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, Cymbeline (in association with RSC), A Matter of Life and Death (in association with National Theatre), Rapunzel (in association with Battersea Arts Centre), Brief Encounter (in association with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Productions), Don John (in association with the RSC and Bristol Old Vic), Wah! Wah! Girls (in association with Sadler’s Wells and Theatre Royal Stratford East for World Stages), and Steptoe and Son. Other work includes the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Oedipussy (Spymonkey), The Empress (RSC), and An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). In 2019 Rice received the UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.

Lucy McCormick plays Cathy. Her previous theatre credits include Post Popular, Roller Diner, First Love is the Revolution (Soho Theatre), Lessons for Life (Battersea Arts Centre), Dear Elizabeth, Effigies of Wickedness (Gate Theatre), Collective Rage (Southwark Playhouse), Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse), The Naked Truth (UK tour), Splat! (Barbican Centre), and The House of Bernada Alba (Tristan Bates Theatre). Her television credits include This Time with Alan Partridge, and for film, Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, and Exhibition of a Film.

Ash Hunter plays Heathcliff. His Theatre credits include Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre), Pitcairn (Shakespeare’s Globe), Antony and Cleopatra (RSC/Public Theatre, NYC), God’s Property (Soho Theatre), Unrivalled Landscape (Orange Tree Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Almeida Theatre), Gravity (Birmingham Rep) and A Clockwork Orange (Theatre Royal Stratford East). His television credits include Bridgerton, The Trial of Christine Keeler, Harlots, Death in Paradise, The Secret Agent, Wolfblood and Switch; and for film, Intrigo: Dear Agnes.

The company also includes Sam Archer, Nandi Bhebhe, Mirabelle Gremaud, TJ Holmes, Craig Johnson, Jordan Laviniere, Kanaka Moore, Katy Owen, Tama Phethean and Witney White.

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, with set and costume design by Vicki Mortimer, sound and video by Simon Baker, composition by Ian Ross, movement and choreography by Etta Murfitt and lighting design by Jai Morjarian

York Theatre Royal, 9-20 November

Evenings (not Sundays), 7.30pm

Matinees Thurs 11 & 13, 18 & 20, 2pm

Captioned performance 13 Nov, 2pm

BSL, 17 Nov, 7.30pm

Audio described, 20 Nov, 2pm

Tickets from https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/

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