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


2018 Main Summer Production

We’re very pleased to announce that this summer’s New Hardy Players production will be Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Trumpet Major’, a tale of romance set against the backdrop of the threat and fear of invasion.


The script we are using was first written by A. H. Evans in 1908 for the original Hardy Players, and the production was their first big success. Hardy himself was involved in devising it.

40 years ago, a modified script was used for a Dorchester Drama production at the very first The Thomas Hardy Society Conference. To celebrate 40 years, our final performance will be at this year’s conference at Kingston Maurward.

Dates and locations of the other performances have yet to be announced, but keep an weather eye on here, on Twitter (@NewHardyPlayers) and on our Facebook page.


For full details of upcoming events please click here


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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