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Arts of the UK 2020: Blackeyed Theatre’s Jane Eyre returns for two performances at Bracknell’s Wilde Theatre

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LONDON – Blackeyed Theatre have announced their acclaimed production of Jane Eyre, which was forced to close on 16th March 2020 as a result of COVID-19, returns to the stage for two public performances on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November 2020 at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell.

The production will subsequently be available to stream on demand throughout the autumn. Seen by over 19,000 people in 40 towns and cities across the UK, Jane Eyre had thirteen weeks of performances left, including a month in China, when the closure of theatres left thousands of ticketholders disappointed. But for just two nights, socially-distanced audiences will be able to enjoy the production described as ‘a triumph’ (Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine), and gives the actors their final curtain, which the pandemic denied them. For those unable to see the live show the performance will be filmed and available on demand throughout autumn.

Last month Blackeyed Theatre successfully live-streamed their production of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde to audiences’ homes all over the UK, whilst performing the show to a socially-distanced audience at the Wilde Theatre. The performance will be available on demand soon.

Artistic Director of Blackeyed Theatre and Director of Jane Eyre Adrian McDougall said: “Bringing Jane Eyre back to the stage at such a precarious time for the theatre industry is an important step for us. There’s a real hunger among the cast and artistic team to get back to what we love doing, and among audiences for that shared live experience. We achieved it in September with Jekyll & Hyde and the feeling was extraordinary. It shows what can be achieved and the benefits to artists, audiences and venues. Investing in people by continuing to create in a sustainable way is more important now than it’s ever been. As an industry we all share that responsibility, because without the individuals who create the work, we’re nothing.”

The performance of Jane Eyre features Kelsey Short, Ben Warwick, Camilla Simson, Eleanor Toms and Oliver Hamilton. Adapted for the stage from Charlotte Brontë’s novel by Nick Lane, the production features original music by George Jennings. It is directed by Adrian McDougall, with musical direction by Ellie Verkerk, movement direction by Sammy Fonfe, and fight and intimacy direction by Enric Ortuño. Lucy Fennell (Assistant Director), Victoria Spearing (Set Designer), Alan Valentine (Lighting Designer), Naomi Gibbs (Costume Designer) and Benjamin Smith (Technical Stage Manager) complete the artistic team.

Jane Eyre plays on 3rd and 4th November 2020 at the Wild Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre Bracknell, RG12 7PA. Tickets and more information here.Jane Eyre will also be available to watch on demand from Sunday 15th November, and details will be available soon.

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