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Three plays based on George Eliot's classic novel, which can be performed as a trilogy or as standalone pieces
George Eliot’s Middlemarch is peopled with some of literature’s most memorable characters.
In Geoffrey Beevers’ new dramatisation, all three interconnected plays can be performed as a trilogy, but each play can also stand on its own, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside
In Dorothea’s Story, set among the big houses of the local aristocracy of Middlemarch, young, intelligent Dorothea is so enamoured of the pedantic Reverend Casaubon that she marries him, much to everyone’s disbelief.
But her friendship with Casaubon’s young cousin Will Ladislaw arouses suspicions in her new husband, who will do anything to thwart their mutual affection
In The Doctor’s Story, set in the town of Middlemarch itself, where everyone wants to know each other’s business, idealistic Dr Lydgate arrives in Middlemarch determined to achieve great things.
He catches the eye of the Mayor’s beautiful, self-centred daughter Rosamond but is torn between ambition and loyalty as he is drawn into an alliance with a corrupt banker
In the poignant but light-hearted Fred and Mary’s Story, set amongst hard-working countryfolk, Fred is trying to please his parents and become a country gentleman, but his childhood sweetheart Mary will have none of it
The Middlemarch Trilogy premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in October 2013.'a delight from beginning to end... one of the most captivating literary dramatisations I've ever encountered, as rich as a Christmas pudding' - Telegraph'it has an elegance and wit, and, above all, it's eminently digestible' - The Times'[a] skilful, shrewd and dashing adaptation... a phenomenal achievement' - Observer'a terrific achievement' - Evening Standard'as ingenious as it is entertaining' - The Stage