National Theatre’s Jane Eyre comes to York – first pix of the rehearsals

Nadia Clifford will play Jane Eyre and Tim Delap is Rochester in the new production. Photographs: Alex Rumford
28 Feb 2017 @ 1.21 pm
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Rehearsals began this week for an energetic National Theatre adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre, which hits York in the spring.

Jane Eyre

Grand Opera House, York

Mon May 22-Sat May 27 2017

£14.40-£34.90

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Manchester actor Nadia Clifford takes the central role of Jane Eyre with Tim Delap as Rochester.

This version was originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic. Later it was re-imagined as a single performance, playing to sold out houses at the National Theatres’s Lyttelton Theatre in London.

A clarion call

The cast of Jane Eyre

Director Sally Cookson first read the novel in her early twenties and sees it as “a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women, not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss”.

She added:

I was struck by how modern Jane seemed – her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself.

She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be.

Still gripping

Nadia’s Jane will be heading to York in May

This is the 170th anniversary of the publication of Jane Eyre.

Brontë’s story remains as gripping as ever. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

The National Theatre/ Bristol Old Vic co-production begins its tour in Salford in April before coming to the Grand Opera House for a week in May.