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

2018 Main Summer Production


Review by Marion Cox for the Dorset Evening Echo

Review by Fanny Charles for The Fine Times Recorder

The New Hardy Players are delighted to collaborate with Dorchester Ballet Club on this year’s production of The Trumpet Major. The four Harlequin dance interludes in the play were devised by Lucy Bishop with Alastair Simpson and Penny Levick, and performed superbly by Rhiannon Bennett, Gloriana Davies, Daisy Essex, Clover Kellet, Isabel Harrold and Amelia Smeaton.


You are invited to picnic at the venue an hour before the performance. Bring a folding chair or a rug and protective clothing in case of bad weather. Run Time approx 2 hr 45 min.

Friday 6th July Lulworth Cove, Main Rd, West Lulworth BH20 5RQ at 7.30pm  – FREE CAR PARKING ON NIGHT

Sunday 8th July Bridehead, Littlebredy DT2 9JA at 2.30pm – (A drop off by car point for disabled ticket holders is within 50 meters of the audience area. There are no steps and just flat lawn – suitable for wheelchairs. We can provide a light chair to rest on while going to and from the audience area. )

Friday 13th July. The Vicarage, 4 Back Lane, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JW at 7.30pm –NEARLY SOLD OUT

Sunday 15th July International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival at Kingston Mauward Agricultural College, Kingston Mauward DT2 8PY at 7.30pm


Booking information​ ​for​ ​The Trumpet Major​ –

Online: Click Here

In person: Dorchester Arts,​ ​The Corn Exchange,​ ​High East Street, Dorchester​, ​Dorset​ ​DT1 1HF

By telephone​ from Dorchseter Arts​:​ ​01305 266926

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