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Middlemarch - Dorothea's Story

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    This event took place on 23 October - 30 January 2014
    Written by George Eliot
    Adapted by Geoffrey Beevers
    Directed by Geoffrey Beevers
    Designer Sam Dowson
    Lighting Designer Stuart Burgess

    Middlemarch has complelely sold out. For possible half-price standing tickets, call the Box Office on 020 8940 3633.

    Three separate plays, each complete in itself, are brought to life in Geoffrey Beevers’ adaptation of George Eliot’s great novel.

    FOUR STARS The Observer, The Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, Time Out, What's on Stage 

    "Geoffrey Beevers's skilful, shrewd and dashing adaptation... a phenomenal achievement for this small theatre." The Observer

    “A terrific achievement... a compelling trip through the doomed marriage of misguided, idealistic Dorothea Brooke (Georgina Strawson, radiant in her wide-eyed naivety) and the crusty clergyman Mr Casaubon (a suitably pinched and parched Jamie Newall)” Evening Standard

    “A fresh new version that avoids all costume drama preciousness in the tensile cladding of Eliot's prose and dialogue.” What's on Stage

    "It has elegance and a gentle wit, and, above all, it’s eminently digestible." The Times

    “The Orange Tree Theatre has always aimed high and this is no exception... This ambitious take on a formidable novel has considerable charm and wit.” Time Out

    "The first in an ambitious three-part adaptation of George Eliot’s sprawling saga of upper middle class English life in the 1830s is as ingenious as it is entertaining." The Stage

    In Dorothea's Story, the young and intelligent Dorothea is enamoured of the intensity and greatness of the academic Reverend Casaubon, so much so that she marries him, much to everyone’s shock. On their honeymoon in Rome a meeting with Casaubon’s young cousin Will Ladislaw arouses suspicions in her new husband and he will do anything he can to stop Will’s quest for Dorothea’s heart. Love and jealousy fuel this first story set among the big houses of the local aristocracy of Middlemarch.

    See one, two or all three plays. The plays can be seen in any order as each tells its own story. 

    Click here for a performance calendar

    Click here for more information on Middlemarch: The Doctor's Story

    Click here for more information on Middlemarch: Fred and Mary

    Click here for Middlemarch Trilogy days where you can see all three plays in one day

    Production photos by Robert Day

    Review quotes are for all three plays of the trilogy

    Running Time 2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)



    Ticket Prices (no booking fees)
    Mon evening, matinees £14.50 (£12.50 concessions)
    Tue/Wed/Thur evenings £16.50 (£14.50 concessions)
    Fri evenings £20 (£18 concessions)
    Sat evenings £22
    31 December at 7pm £30 (includes free glass of wine)

    Concessions available to students, under 16s, senior citizens, all recipients of state benefit and members of theatre unions and guild upon presentation of proof.

    Post-show discussions following 2.30pm matinees on 24, 31 October, 17 December, 6, 9, 23 January (MATINEES ARE SOLD OUT)

    Audio-described performances Sat 2 November at 3pm & Tue 5 Nov at 7.30pm

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