The Information on: `Jane Eyre'
Tuesday 30 November 1999
Shared Experience theatre company's fresh and dynamic version of Charlotte Bronte's novel, adapted and directed by Polly Teale, which presents Rochester's mad wife locked up in the attic as the alter-ego of Jane, the downtrodden governess .
Who's In It?
Penny Layden is commanding as Jane, whose actions are echoed by Harriette Ashcroft as Bertha. Sean Murray plays Mr Rochester, while five other actors take on the remainder of the roles.
What They Say About It
"How could they do it? Shared Experience's version of Jane Eyre is so fresh and astute that it does what even the most faithful literary adaptation rarely achieves. After nearly three hours of transfixing theatre, it guarantees that rereading the novel will be a let-down," Maeve Walsh, The Independent on Sunday.
"This is a faithful, psychologically incisive and sexy take on a classic novel, but it probably wouldn't work half so well without Warmington's set. A charred and battered stairway leading up to a jagged platform, it somehow captures the brooding, compulsive atmosphere of Bronte's story before anyone has set foot on stage," Nick Curtis, Evening Standard.
"Shared Experience's adaptation gets to the psychological heart of Charlotte Bronte's novel... a really emotionally fulfiling evening," Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
Where You Can See It
Jane Eyre, New Ambassadors, West St, London WC2 (0171-836 6111) to 23 Dec
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stem cells that can kill cancer have been engineered by scientists
- 2 Ricky Gervais and Dame Judi Dench back campaign to stop Thailand dog meat trade
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
X Factor 2014: Movie Week sends Jay James and co. into karaoke mode
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
Downton Abbey: Can a lord's best friend last for ever...even if she's called Isis?
Portfolio: Amit and Naroop
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are