Written by Alex Loveless from the novel by Thomas Hardy
Directed by Chris Loveless
02 Sep 2014 to 27 Sep 2014
New Wimbledon Studio, London
Set against the beautiful backdrop of nineteenth century Wessex, Thomas Hardy's masterpiece was brought thrillingly to the stage in a new full length musical adaptation by Alex Loveless, full of drama, colour and passion.
This was Stepping Out Theatre's first foray into musical theatre. 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' ran for four weeks at the New Wimbledon Studio attracting some of the best reviews and best audience feedback the company has ever received for a production. An archive recording of the show for EPK purposes is available. To obtain a copy please contact us.
Luka Bjelis - Felix Clare, Jonathan, & Ensemble.
Jessica Daley - Tess Durbeyfield
Catherine Digges - Joan Durbeyfield, Mrs Clare, Mrs D'Urberville, & Ensemble
Marc Geoffrey - John Durbeyfield, Parson Clare, Dairyman Crick, & Ensemble
Emma Harrold - Retty, Lisa Lu, & Ensemble
Nick Hayes - Angel Clare
Sarah Kate Howarth - Izz & Ensemble
Guy Hughes - Parson Tringham, Landlord & Ensemble
Jessica Millward - Marian, Landlady, & Ensemble
Martin Neely - Alec D'Urberville
Alex Wingfield - Cuthbert Clare, Kingsbere Messenger, Policeman, & Ensemble
Alex Loveless - Book, Music, & Lyrics
Chris Loveless - Director
Christopher Ash - Musical Director &l Sound Design
Lucy Cullingford - Movement Director
David Shields - Stage Design
Maria Clarke - Associate Movement Director & Period Movement Advisor
Penn O'Gara - Costume Design
Phil Spencer Hunter - Lighting Design
Kiefer Bryson - Stage Management
Steve Vearncombe - Stage Manager / Technician
Katie Crooks - Voice Coach
Benjamin Newsome - Casting Director
Michael Brydon - Production Photography
Kevin Wilson - Publicity
Ann Stiddard - Graphic Design
"Awarding 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' five stars seems stingy, particularly when it's undoubtedly the best emerging new musical I've seen in years . . Whatever happens to this gorgeous musical we will certainly see it again - hopefully in the West End where it belongs."
Fiona Lister, Mellowdaylondon
"An absolute joy to watch and more than worthy of a place on a larger stage or at the very least playing to larger audiences and, dare I say, it should be seen on a West End stage."
Caroline Hanks-Farmer, londontheatre1.com
"Something incredibly special. A heavyweight novel married to a heavyweight score, producing a show that's potently powerful."
"This new musical by Alex Loveless - book, lyrics and music is sheer enchantment from start to finish"
Aline Waites, Remotegoat
Stepping Out Theatre
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