Coming Soon Diary


Also included are other Events not directly associated with the New Hardy Players, but which our members are involved in and may be of interest to you.

2017 Productions

April 28th Meet Mr Stephens at Max Gate 2pm onward:

Come and meet Mr Stephens who worked for Mr Hardy. 

May 1st. Maypole Dancing in the Borough Gardens

We’ll be doing some maypole dancing, and encouraging audience/ spectators to have a go. We’ll also do some country Dances, please come along and have a go. 

Thursday 18th May 4pm at Max Gate:

Tea with Mr Hardy. Guests will include T.E. Lawrence and Siegfried Sassoon.


Directed by Andrew Munro

Saturday 3rd June 5pm

Hardy’s birthday. Various events organised by the Thomas Hardy society over the weekend. NHP will be presenting ‘Mr Penny’s Cobblers Shop’ from the beginning of Act 2 of Under the Greenwood Tree outside County Hall at approximately 5pm. Directed by Emma Hill.

Wednesday 21st June 3-4pm

Poetry reading devised and led by Sonia Morris and Sue Worth

Peter Pan


Tuesday 15th August 3-4pm

Poetry reading devised and led by Sonia Morris and Sue Worth

Saturday 16th September 2.30-3.30pm

Barnes & Hardy reading devised by Tim Laycock and Brian Caddy

17th October.  The Withered Arm.

Performance for the Literary Festival in Dorset County Museum on Tuesday 17th October. 3 further dates the following week, in Ashton Farm Barn, Martinstown on 26th, 27th and 28th October. Adapted for the New Hardy Players by Sue Worth.  Directors Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Music by Alastair Simpson. This will be the first in a series of ‘Hardy Short Stories in Interesting Places’ in collaboration with Dorchester Arts.

Saturday 9th December Going the Rounds

A costumed promenade performance following the route of the Melstock Carollers in Under the Greenwood Tree. Tremendous fun! A lovely thing to do in the run-up to Christmas.

Saturday 16th and 23rd December at 2pm and 3.30pm

New Hardy Player carolers at Max Gate. 30 minutes of carols, mummers play, festive poems and dances.