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

A few years ago, BBC Radio 4  recorded a programme about Norrie Woodhall and how her wish resurrected the troupe to form The New Hardy Players. President of the Thomas Hardy Society, Julian Fellows, recalls the stories from 100 years ago, and interviews present members.

The Last of the Hardy Players

Happy Birthday to The New Hardy Players

All the players and some guests gathered at Max Gate to celebrate 10 years of the New Hardy Players. There was bubbly and a splendid cake made by Joy one of the members of the players. Cheques were presented to each of the charities support by funds from last years “Return of the Native”. Our younger members also planted several plants around the garden at Max Gate and the Band played tunes for dancers on the lawn. Please take a look at the gallery for all the photo’s from the event.

2016 Upcoming Events

2016 Main Production

This years main performance in December will be ” Under the Greenwood Tree”, please keep checking back to see behind the scenes news and details as they are released.Greenwood-39-2

Other Upcoming Events

Tea with Mr Hardy Thursday 14th July.

You are graciously invited to take tea with Mr Thomas Hardy and his friends from the New Hardy Players, at his home, Max Gate, in Dorchester.

To find Max Gate Dorchester DT1 2AB

Please arrive by 3.45pm. Tea commences at 4pm. Carriages at 5pm.

The charge of £3 for adults and £2 for children is in addition to the normal entry charge. Pay at door.

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 £33,500 for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, £1,000 for Julia’s House, and £14,000 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.

In 2015 we are supporting Weldmar, Julia’s House and the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

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