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


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Thomas Hardy’s powerful chilling tales of death and deceit in the evocative surroundings of Ashton Barn. Adapted by Sue Worth, and directed by Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Featuring Emma Hill as Rhoda Brook, and Amelia Chorley as Gertrude Lodge. The musical score is by Alastair Simpson. Following light refreshments there will country dancing in the barn with the acclaimed Tatterdemalion and caller Angela Laycock. in association with Dorchester Arts

Thur 26 & Fri 27 October, 7.30pm
Sat 28 October, 2.30pm
THEATRE – Ashton Barn
£15 including light refreshments

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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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