LONDON – Returning to the UK stage 12 years after the award-winning success of Gormenghast, the reformed David Glass Ensemble present their breath-taking physical adaptation of Bleak House by international master theatre maker David Glass. Since 1990, the David Glass Ensemble has created inspiring and extraordinary theatre for the world stage.
Having worked in over 70 countries worldwide, David and his Ensemble now bring current and revived work to a new generation. Bleak House is a powerfully physical, gothic retelling of Dickens’ novel that follows Esther Summerson’s search for her family and identity set against a brutal legal system hell bent on destroying those subjected to it. Pickpockets, prostitutes, rowdy drunks and con artists all feature, immersing us into a dank Victorian Britain that recreates the dark and dismal world of the lower orders of London. Themes of love, power, poverty and choice resonate strongly during today’s ongoing social upheaval.
David Glass comments: “I saw Mike Alfred’s brilliant Shared Experience version after I had read the book when I was 20. For me, it is the most visually and physically exciting of Dickens’ books but also I feel that with the main protagonist being a woman it is a truly modern story of a young woman trying to find her identity as she struggles in a male-dominated world and a legal system hell bent on destroying those beneath it. It is a thrilling story by an author at the height of his power and I have loved bringing it to the stage.”
Bleak House tours the UK from 12th September to 19th October 2019. For more information, visit their website here