Wuthering Heights at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans

Roger Bartlett, as Heathcliff and Grace Vance, as Cathy Earnshaw.

Roger Bartlett, as Heathcliff and Grace Vance, as Cathy Earnshaw. - Credit: Archant

One of the most compelling love stories ever told, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, is being brought to the Abbey Theatre by the Company of Ten from next week.

A tale of passion, retribution and redemption, it is set amid the wild Yorkshire Moors at the turn of the 19th Century.

Adapted for the stage by April De Angelis it has all the hallmarks of her previous work, Playhouse Creatures, making the story and characters accessible to a modern audience while retaining the historical integrity of the original.

Director Tina Swain said: “Wuthering Heights is a well-known novel, often set as a school text. There have also been several film and television adaptations, so the story and characters are familiar and almost everyone knows the Kate Bush song.

“What struck me when I first read this stage adaptation was that familiarity – the play really captures the essential elements of the novel and translates them into an exciting, fast-moving piece of theatre.

“De Angelis uses the two narrators, Mr Lockwood and Nelly Dean, to ensure that the plot is easily accessible, but she also captures the iconic characters we recognise. It’s surprising to discover that most of Emily Brontë’s novel actually takes place inside the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, and the play makes use of this to great dramatic effect. We’ve also had the challenge of portraying several of the disturbing or violent moments that Brontë wrote, which have caused gasps of horror even in rehearsal!”

Performances take place at 8pm from next Thursday to Saturday, November 14-16, and from November 20-23 on the Abbey Theatre Main Stage, with a Sunday matinée at 2.30pm on November 17. The performance on Thursday 21 November will be audio-described.

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To book tickets go to www.abbeytheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01727 857861.