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


2018 Main Summer Production


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.

Friday 29th June Max Gate Alington Avenue Dorchester DT1 2FN at 7.30pm

Saturday 30th June Watercombe House, Watercombe, Dorchester DT2 8HU at 2.30pm

Friday 6th July Lulworth Cove, Main Rd, West Lulworth BH20 5RQ at 7.30pm

Sunday 8th July Bridehead, Littlebredy DT2 9JA at 2.30pm

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

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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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 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!



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