A daring re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s ground-breaking last novel VILLETTE written by Linda Marshall Griffiths and directed by Playhouse Associate Director Mark Rosenblatt premieres in the Courtyard Theatre as the centrepiece of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Brontë Season

The season offers contemporary responses to the Brontë sisters across performance, dance and music. At its core is a striking new adaptation of Charlotte’s ground-breaking novel Villette which remains true to her insights into longing and loneliness while exploring the kind of woman its central character Lucy might be today and in the future.

Many consider Villette to be better, more ambitious and complex than Charlotte’s most famous novel Jane Eyre. Linda Marshall Griffiths’ new play approaches the novel from a 21st century perspective.

It centres around Lucy Snowe, a brilliant virologist who could play a crucial role in finding a cure for a pandemic virus but is plagued by her a past which torments her at every turn. As the urgency and burden of her work grow greater, she grapples with the promise and possibility of love and the fear of losing it.

Director Mark Rosenblatt said, ‘This re-imagining of Villette gets to the heart of the original novel but finds a way to connect it with a modern audience. It relocates and updates the action to a near future world, placing Lucy in a position of isolation and distance as the last survivor of her kind  – as Charlotte Bronte was the last of her siblings when she wrote Villette.’

Villette is on from 24th September to 15th October in The Court Yard Theatre at West Yorkshire Playhouse.


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