Jane Eyre

by Helen Jerome from the novel by Charlotte Bronte

Director - Valerie Clarke

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


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

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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 Brontë 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.