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


will see some very exciting plans, watch this space for more details to come.

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.



These are times of change…The New Hardy Players bring Under The Greenwood Tree to the stage at the Corn Exchange, where Thomas Hardy saw the original Hardy Players perform the first dramatization of this most light-hearted and humorous of the Wessex novels in 1910 to an audience including Thomas Hardy himself.

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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