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18 Aug World Premiere of New Musical Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Stepping Out in association with Partisan and Fallen Angel Theatre presents the world premiere of a new musical, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, from the creative team behind the critically acclaimed musical The Remains of the Day. Set against the beautiful backdrop of nineteenth century Wessex, Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece is brought thrillingly to the stage in a new full-length musical adaptation, full of drama, colour and passion.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles is adapted by Alex Loveless from the novel by Thomas Hardy, with direction from Chris Loveless. This is the fourth large scale musical that the brothers have worked on together, including an adaptation of the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day which they worked on with author Kazuo Ishiguro. Other creatives involved in the show are Musical Director Chris Ash, who has worked on Showstopper – The Improvised Musical for the last seven years, choreographer Lucy Cullingford who has worked on dance and movement for the RSC, including on Matilda, and producer Steve Hennessy whose quartet of plays about celebrated Broadmoor patients ‘Lullabies of Broadmoor’ enjoyed a 13 week national tour to critical acclaim in 2011.

A dynamic and exciting cast of actor musicians will be playing more than 20 instruments between them, with key cast members announced, including Nick Hayes as Angel, Martin Neely as Alec and Jessica Daley as Tess. The rest of the cast are: Luka Bjelis, Catherine Digges, Marc Geoffrey, Emma Harrold, Sarah Kate Howarth, Guy Hughes, Jessica Millward, Alex Wingfield. 
Tess of the D’Urbervilles will be playing at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre with previews from 2 September, opening night on 4th September and closing night on 27th September.

Twitter: @tessmusical

Photo credit: Michael Brydon