The Middlemarch Trilogy
BY GEORGE ELIOT
23 October 2013 — 1 February 2014
Three separate plays, each complete in itself, are brought to life in Geoffrey Beevers’ adaptation of George Eliot’s great novel.
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.
The Doctor's Story
Idealistic Doctor Lydgate arrives in Middlemarch determined to achieve great things. The mayor’s beautiful but self-centred daughter Rosamond has her sights set on him and as he is tragically torn between his ambition and his loyalties, he is drawn into an alliance with a corrupt banker with a secret past. Set in the town of Middlemarch itself, where everyone wants to know each other’s business.
Fred and Mary
Fred is trying to please his parents and become a country gentleman, but his childhood sweetheart Mary will have none of it. Set amongst those dependent on the countryside, this poignant but light-hearted story shows the importance of true and shared values in love and work.
See one, two, or all three plays. You can see them in any order as each tells its own story.