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dramatised by Helen Jerome from the novel by Charlotte Brontë

Directed by Valerie Clarke
October 8, 9 & 10, 2009

Jane Eyre Katherine Plummer
Mr Rochester Ritchard Tysoe
Mrs Fairfax Emma Kimsey
Leah Alison Marshall
Adele Verens Charlotte Kimsey
Bertha Bieneke Barwick
Grace Poole Estelle Dunham
Lord Ingram David Bowers
Lady Ingram Angela Charles
Blanche Ingram Jo Williams
Briggs Malcolm Bentote
Reverend Wood Graeme Gibaut
Richard Mason Mark Kimsey
Diana rivers Sue Worker
St John Rivers Duncan Sykes
Hannah Dorothy Bentote
John Tag
Maid Louise Tysoe

Programme Notes        [Photographs]

Scene 1: The library at Thornfield Hall. An afternoon in winter
Scene 2: The same. A morning in March
Scene 3: The same. Evening, a week later

Scene 1: The same. An evening in April, ten days later
Scene 2: The same. A morning in May

Scene 1: The living room at Moore House, Whitecross. Dusk, one year later
Scene 2: Thornfield Hall. A few days later

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Rushed into print and apparently immortality, the original manuscript of Jane Eyre was immediately recognised by the publishers as a piece of merchandise that would move fast and bring in a profit. To the author this success was crucial, six publishers having rejected an earlier novel.

'Daring,' 'virile,' 'highly sensational' and even 'shocking' were the Victorian sales adjectives they applied to it. The public reacted by clamouring for a second edition within a few weeks.

At first, both press and public were certain that this new novelist was a man, not a shy spinster, thirty years of age, living in the Haworth Parsonage on the edge of the empty moors in Yorkshire. On discovering that the author was female, they were incredulous that any reticent woman could be guilty of the revelations to be found in this fast-selling 'improper' novel.

Today the public are still amazed by the superb achievement of Charlotte Brontė who wrought her masterpiece in the face of poverty, isolation and the alarming ill-health of her immediate family. Charlotte and three of her sisters were sent off to board at an institution where two of the girls died from improper care and lack of nourishment.

On returning to Haworth, Charlotte, her two remaining sisters and her brother spent their evenings writing and story-telling.