A STAGE adaptation of Charlotte Bronte classic Jane Eyre plays at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday, February 6.

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IT is one of the great romantic novels, a Gothic tour-de-force that manages somehow to appeal to both men and women.

But Jane Eyre has for too long been relegated to the classroom, making it seem fusty and worthy.

Yet it is a great piece of literature and a compelling story – a tale of love, loss and redemption that still resonates today – and the new stage production of Charlotte Bronte’s tale from Hull Truck Theatre returns that dynamism to Jane’s story.

From a harsh childhood controlled by unfeeling adults, Jane Eyre has to rely on her own courage and convictions to make her way in the world.

She longs to learn. She dares to dream.

Employed as a governess, she travels across the bleak Yorkshire moors to the mysterious Thornfield Hall – a house of locked doors with a dangerous secret.

There she meets the strange, sardonic and intriguing Mr Rochester.

Can the constraints of society and the dark past be overcome?

Should Jane trust her head or follow her heart?

Hull Truck have been to the Hawthorne Theatre, in WGC, twice before, with the chilling tale of Jekyll And Hyde and the modern mystery of DNA.

This latest production combines the strengths of previous visits, taking strong characters, superb acting and a riveting script to present an intriguing and exciting night out.

* Hull Truck Theatre presents Jane Eyre at Campus West, on Wednesday, February 6.

The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16.50 and concessions £13.50.

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