Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Jane Eyre at The Mayflower

I love the theatre and I love books, so when the opportunity came up to go to The Mayflower in Southampton to watch the National Theatre and Old Bristol Vic production of Jane Eyre*, I jumped at the chance! This production comes at a particularly special time, as 2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the original publication of Jane Eyre - how could I turn this opportunity down?



The novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, has always been one of my favourite novels. For those of you who aren't quite as obsessed by the classic story as I am, I'll give you the quick lowdown. The story opens with orphaned Jane living with relatives, who send her to boarding school. The novel then jumps forward in time to Jane as an adult, taking a job as a governess in the household of Mr Rochester. A romance blossoms between Jane and Mr Rochester, and we see them overcoming various obstacles to their relationship. But underneath the romance, the story can also be seen as an early move towards equal opportunities for women, with Jane being a strong and intelligent young woman, striving to be true to herself. She's a character I fell in love with on paper and I was sure that I'd love her as much on stage.

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
It really is an incredible story, which I was intrigued to see adapted for the stage. It can be a tough task adapting a classic novel for the stage, but looking at director Sally Cookson's production history, I was confident we were in for a good show. Having worked on shows such as Peter Pan and Romeo and Juliet, it was bound to be an amazing performance. And we were not disappointed. We had amazing seats and myself, Anna and Natasha were all raving about how incredible the show was throughout the interval and when the show had finished!

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
The story translated onto stage really well, and kept me hooked for the entirety of the production. The cast were really good and brought some of my favourite characters to life. Nadia Clifford as Jane Eyre was incredible: she was believable and relatable, strong yet vulnerable, and I was gripped the whole three hours the show was on for. The relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester was believable and accurate, treading a fine line between love and dislike, staying true to Charlotte Brontë's less than conventional romance. The staging was just as incredible, the set designer Michael Vale did an amazing job - it was completely minimalist, leaving it all to your imagination and I loved it!

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
The incredible, minimalist set
Overall, I loved this performance! I don't go to the theatre to watch plays as often as I wish I did, and when I do go, I remember how much of an enjoyable experience it can be. I would thoroughly recommend seeing this production of Jane Eyre if you get the chance.

I had a fantastic evening with Natasha (L) and Anna (R)
Jane Eyre will be performed at The Mayflower Southampton until the 13th May 2017. To purchase tickets, please call The Mayflower Box Office on 02380 711811 or online at www.mayflower.org.uk.

*I was lucky enough to watch Jane Eyre as part of the SotonBloggers, in return for a review. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the SotonBloggers and The Mayflower Southampton for inviting me. All views and opinions are my own.

Love Lexie
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