Hard Times

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Event details

  • Tue 27 February - Sat 3 March
  • Please refer to timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

Northern Broadsides present a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Novel

By Debbie McAndrew | Directed by Conrad Nelson

The Northern Powerhouse, 1854. Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences – especially when the circus comes to town?

Conrad Nelson directs Deborah McAndrew’s witty adaptation of Charles Dickens’ great Northern novel to bring you a joyful juggling and tumbling through this touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.

Northern Broadsides present a faithful adaptation of Hard Times, a great Northern novel alive with wonderful effervescent humanity, rich in humour and misfortune, skilfully re-imagined for the stage.

There is a post-show talkback on Tuesday 27 February.

“A visually arresting, laudably executed attempt at tackling one of Dickens’ gnarliest narratives” – The Stage ★★★★

“The whole cast functions as an exuberant ensemble as well as giving impressively detailed performances” – Reviews Hub

Date Matinee Evening
Tuesday 27 February 7.30pm
Wednesday 28 February 2pm 7.30pm
Thursday 1 March 7.30pm
Friday 2 March 7.30pm
Saturday 3 March 2pm 7.30pm


Tickets Tue – Thu Fri – Sat
Sections A & C £15.50 £17.50
Section B £17.50 £19.50

Concessions: £2 off

Friends of The Dukes receive an extra £1 off

Schools: £12.50 and one teacher free with every ten pupils