"What a wonderful performance by Myriad Theatre of Wuthering Heights in Thame last week. I had a delightful evening and in particular I found: the adaptation was clever and engaging, the energy, power and passion was riveting throughout the entire performance (there was pin drop silence in the audience for almost the entire performance), every member of the cast was highly professional and captivating in their role. Thanks for doing such a fantastic job!"
Julia Cleaver, Oxfordshire

Wuthering Heights

Based on the novel by Emily Brontë

Adapted by Connie Stephens

Directed by Jonathon Marx

 

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What if you lived slap bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors, four miles from the nearest house, in 1780? No electricity, no Sky Box Office, no iPhone, not even a good book…except for THE Good Book, which has been ruined for you by the hypocrisy of the person who wields it. Just you and your - let’s face it - somewhat drunken and completely dysfunctional family.

Genetic ties aside, there’s only one out of this collective whom you truly love, with whom you have always felt an inexplicable, feral connection since your father brought him home a ragged, abandoned child. But Heathcliff has no money, no education, no means of making his way in life and your ruthless brother, Hindley, has made it his business to ensure he never will.

You have just three options: marry Heathcliff and remain utterly penniless, at the mercy of your brother’s rabid mood swings; go away, become a governess to heaven knows who or what; or marry the wealthy landowner who has fallen in love with you and use his money and station to place Heathcliff as far from your brother’s clutches as possible.

So, what do you choose?

Raw, original and as fiercely relevant as ever, Wuthering Heights turns society's obsession with financial and social status in on itself, creating a word of bitter extremes in which nothing of true value can survive.

Connie's original adaptation played in Essex, Oxfordshire and London in Summer 2012.

Lighting Design: Ben Cowen

 

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"Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life!

I cannot live without my soul!"

 

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