Thomas Hardy's popular and enduring novel, adapted for the stage by Mark Healy.
Having inherited her father's farm, the spirited and feisty young Bathsheba Everdene finds herself playing mistress in a man's world. She is pursued by three would-be lovers: the constant shepherd, Gabriel Oak; the obsessive landowner, William Boldwood; and the reckless Sergeant Troy. But are any of them a match for the headstrong and independent Bathsheba?
This edition includes notes by adaptor Mark Healy on producing the play yourself, including advice on cast size, staging, music and accents.
'Haunting... brooding... smouldering... dynamic drama' - Guardian
Thomas Hardy was born in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset. After training as an architect in Dorchester, Hardy moved to London in 1862 to continue his studies at King's College, but returned to Dorset after just five years in the capital to dedicate himself to writing.
Hardy wrote prose, poetry, and fiction, his major works including Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), The Woodlanders (1887), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895). His works centre around 'Hardy's Wessex', a fictionalised version of south west England including parts of Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Berkshire.
In 1874, he married Emma Lavinia Gifford. In 1914, after Emma's death in 1912, Hardy married Florence Dugdale, his secretary and forty years his junior. He fell ill and died of pleurisy in 1928, his heart being buried in Stinsford with his first wife and his ashes scattered in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.