The New Hardy Players bring the stories of Thomas Hardy to life through evocative dramatisations of his work


During the Easter holidays a workshops were held for the younger members of the New Hardy Players with a focus on physical theatre.

Coming in the next few months

April 28th Meet Mr Stephens at Max Gate 2pm onward:

Come and meet Mr Stephens who worked for Mr Hardy. 

May 1st. Maypole Dancing in the Borough Gardens

We’ll be doing some maypole dancing, and encouraging audience/ spectators to have a go. We’ll also do some country Dances, please come along and have a go. 

Thursday 18th May 4pm at Max Gate:

Tea with Mr Hardy. Guests will include T.E. Lawrence and Siegfried Sassoon.


Directed by Andrew Munro

 Also this year we have some very exciting plans afoot. 

Guests joining Mr Hardy for tea will include T.E. Lawrence, Siegfried Sassoon and Sir James Barrie

There will be poetry readings by members of the New Hardy Players and the return of “Going the Rounds” 

Later in the year there will also be performances of The Withered Arm, which could be called a moral tale that also gives a snapshot of life as it once was in rural southwest England, a part of the country Hardy called ‘Wessex’.

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About Us

The New Hardy Players formed in 2005, at the request of Norrie Woodhall on her 100th birthday, to celebrate the work of Dorset’s world famous and much loved author and poet Thomas Hardy.

We’re a friendly group and we’re always happy to welcome new people, so if you think you might like to get involved, either backstage or treading the boards, please get in touch. You can find more details here.

Over they years,the New Hardy Players have raised money for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, for Julia’s House, and for other local charities including Heroes Haven and Blind Veterans. We also helped the Dorset County Museum raise £58,000 to bring unique Hardy manuscripts back home to Dorset.

Contact Us

For general information about the New Hardy Players:

Andy Worth – Chairman  Tel: 07787 123927


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We look forward to hearing from you!

2016 Main Production

Last years main performance was ” Under the Greenwood Tree”, Adapted by Jack Shepherd and Directed by Emma Hill/Tim Laycock

It was a fantastic run of 6 performances which were all sell outs.



The 2016 adaptation was written by renowned actor, playwright and director Jack Shepherd (Inspector Wycliffe) and cleverly tackles the social changes which rock the small community of Mellstock.  The production features music and song from a live band, and brings to the stage some of the best-loved characters in Hardy for audiences to enjoy.

“There can be few better ways of welcoming the festive season than watching the New Hardy Players perform Thomas Hardy’s warm hearted story of Dorset country people of yesteryear which feature their traditional Christmas celebrations” Marian Cox at the dorset Echo



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