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

2016 Upcoming Events

2016 Main Production

This years main performance in December will be ” Under the Greenwood Tree”,

Venue: Dorchester Corn Exchange

Performance Date’s

Thursday 1 Dec-  7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm)

Friday 2 Dec-  7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm)

Saturday 3 Dec- 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm)

Sunday 4 Dec- 2.30pm (doors and bar 2pm) and 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm)

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.

The 2016 adaptation has been 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.

An ideal Christmas show!

Book tickets via Dorchester Arts

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 15th September- Sir Frederick Treves and the scenes from The Mayor of Casterbridge

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

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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