Theatre The Sherling Studio 2 hours 20 minutes

Overview

 Wrongfully condemned and outcast from society, a poor weaver, eaten up with bitterness and anger, becomes a doomed miser and recluse, until he is forced to take in a young orphan girl. Their mutual friendship leads to joy, love and his redemption.

Silas Marner, the great Victorian epic novel, is thrillingly and theatrically brought to the stage in the bicentenary year of George Eliot’s birth by the acclaimed Conn Artists Theatre Company, following on from their hit production of The Four Men.

The heart moving action, set in the early years of the 19th century, is performed by an ensemble cast of seven actors accompanied by music and songs of the period.

Silas Marner is a GCSE set text on Edexcel, WJEC and Eduqas schools examination boards.

Production Team Biographies

Nick Young – Director

At Oxford Nick read English and directed numerous shows, including the famous Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor Dr Faustus, when he was the student director to Professor Nevill Coghill. He joined the RSC as a trainee director and worked with actors such as Dame Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart.

He became Artistic Director of the world-famous Ludlow Festival, staging epic Shakespeare in the Castle, which he nearly burnt down in an over-ambitious flaming battle scene in King Lear. For ten years he was the Artistic Director of the Connaught Theatre, Worthing where he directed many productions from various genres in repertory. In 1983 he formed Rainbow Theatre and wrote and directed its repertoire; which subsequently has gone onto become one of the most popular Theatre-in-Education companies touring to schools in the South East.

In 1999, he founded Rainbow Shakespeare with his wife Alex, creating exciting open-air Shakespeare for family audiences. In 2017, Conn Artists were delighted to welcome Nick back to the Connaught Theatre by inviting him to direct The Four Men for which the Theatre South East reviewer commented "The direction from Nick Young, who previously directed at the Connaught Theatre when it used to be home to a repertory company, is superb and the characters are vivid and brought to life magnificently".

Ross Muir – Producer and Actor

Ross trained at Guildford School of Acting and graduated with a BA First Class (Hons) in Theatre. London appearances as an actor include the Almeida Theatre, Arts Theatre and New Players Theatre. Alongside national tours in the UK and Germany with productions of The Tempest, Figaro-the play, Black Comedy, The Real Inspector Hound and The Caretaker, Ross has performed regularly with Worthing’s acclaimed open-air Rainbow Shakespeare having played the roles of Hamlet, Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) and Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Ross is a founder of Conn Artists and has produced all of their shows to date. He also directed the company’s debut production Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play in 2013 and a revival of Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor in 2014. As an actor for Conn Artists he starred as Myself (Hilaire Belloc) in the 2017 tour of The Four Men and he has performed two one-man shows as J.M Barrie in Courage, and received a standing ovation for his performance in The Importance of Being Oscar about the life of Oscar Wilde.

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