Adapted by Shared Experience’s co-artistic director Polly Teale, the play highlights the contrast between the austere Victorian values in which Bronte’s heroine was brought up and her suppressed but fervent imagination. The revived production, which ran successfully at the Young Vic in 1997, transfers to the West End after an eight-stop regional tour in the U.K. that starts next month. Monica Dolan returns to the title role with James Clyde as Mr. Rochester and Miriam Acharki as Bertha Rochester.
Shared Experience has built a reputation adapting literary prose and staging classics with an innovative style that deploys physical theatre. Previous productions include A Passage to India, The Magic Toyshop, Mill on the Floss and After Mrs. Rochester, this last based on the life of Jean Rhys, who wrote the the 1966 novel “Wide Sargasso Sea,” itself based on Bertha Mason, the “woman in the attic” in “Jane Eyre.”
The production will be performed on the Trafalgar Studios’ main stage Studio 1, currently home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Gunpowder Season.”