2016 – Events

2016 Program of Events


The new Hardy Players  kick-started the 2016 Dorchester Literary Festival with an immersive dramatic experience. The audience experienced the the changing times and dramatic events of Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge, in the early 1800’s.

Tea with Mr Hardy Dates

In the summer you were graciously invited to take tea with Mr Thomas Hardy and his friends from the New Hardy Players, at his home, Max Gate, in Dorchester

A Hardy Welcome by the New Hardy Players.

Imaginative, immersive theatre at Max Gate, Dorchester

Max Gate comes to life as Mr Hardy entertains in the dining room, while the domestic staff gossip in the kitchen. The Hardy Players rehearse in the bedroom, and Emma reflects in her attic boudoir; and all the time, and old country tune drifts through the corridors…..

Directed by Emma Hill and Tim Laycock

Group photo taken in front of a marquee
The New Hardy players involved in Tea with Mr Hardy


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