News: Lady Chatterley’s Lover to embark on UK tour

TV regular Rupert Hill (Casualty, BBC; Coronation Street, ITV) will star alongside Phoebe Marshall (Witness for the Prosecution, London County Hall) in a sensual new stage adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s controversial masterpiece, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, directed by Ciaran McConville (The Snow Queen, The Creature [Frankenstein Retold], Rose Theatre Kingston) as part of a UK tour.

Considered sensationalist erotica when first published and banned worldwide, Lawrence’s text caused outrage not just because of the explicit language, but also because it bridged social and class divides. This impassioned tale of female agency and the desire to live more than a half-life changed the literary landscape of Britain.

Sixty years after the scandalous trial of the unexpurgated publication, this new production reflects the monumental changes in attitude towards female sexuality. It is also an exploration of the scars of war and the dangers of toxic masculinity. Above all, Lady Chatterley is a passionate and optimistic love story.

Trapped in a sexless marriage following her husband’s disability, Connie is burdened with her female duty of care and an increasing sense of isolation. She instigates a physically charged love affair with the gamekeeper, Mellors, flouting expectations and obligations in the name of self-love.

Ciaran commented: “It’s a privilege to bring this book to the stage. I’ve loved Lawrence’s writing since I was a teenager, but revisiting Lady Chatterley, I’m struck by how modern so much of it feels. It’s a comment on the fragility of masculinity and the need for an honest approach to our physical life. And it’s beautiful, too. I’m really excited to be working with Tilted Wig, whose values and ethos make for wonderful tours.”

Lady Chatterley’s Lover will tour the UK from 20th February to 23rd April 2020.

20th – 22nd February
Orchard Theatre
https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/

25th – 29th February
Malvern Theatres
https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/

5th – 7th March
Kings Theatre Portsmouth
https://kingsportsmouth.co.uk/

16th – 21st March
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/

23rd – 28th March
Darlington Hippodrome
https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/

31st March – 5th April
Devonshire Park Theatre
https://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/venue/devonshire-park-theatre

7th – 12th April
New Theatre
https://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/

14th – 18th April
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
https://www.theatreroyal.org/

21st – 23rd April
Theatre by The Lake
https://www.theatrebythelake.com/

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