Bathsheba Everdene is young, spirited and beautiful. She is accustomed to being admired. She has already rejected the advances of her loyal friend and shepherd, Gabriel Oak, and of an older, wealthier man who is completely besotted with her. Like the young Queen Victoria, who has just taken the reigns of Empire, Bathsheba intends to run her farm with strength and determination. But then she encounters the dashing Sergeant Troy – and for once, Bathsheba is no longer in control.
Thomas Hardy’s famous novel explores the lives and loves of ordinary people, firmly rooted in the seasonal calendar of rural England. With feelings running so high and Hardy at the helm, tragedy is almost inevitable. But will Bathsheba survive all that fate is about to throw at her? And can she find lasting love?
The LADS production of Far from the Madding Crowd is directed by Alison Utting (Under Milk Wood, The Accrington Pals). It’s a fast-moving telling of the story, accompanied by traditional music of the period, with tunes collected by Hardy himself. With performances at Ellesmere College, Oswestry's KinoKulture and Llanymynech Village Hall, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch this exciting production.