Tea with Mr Hardy

~ Mr and Mrs Thomas Hardy invite you to ~

**   Tea With Mr Hardy   **

At their home: Max Gate, Dorchester, on Thursday 18th June

  • Tea and very light refreshments will be served in the garden from 3.45pm
  • In the presence of Sir Frederick Treves, Sergeant-Surgeon to His Majesty, and author of ‘Highways and Byways of Dorset’
  • Scenes from ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ will be performed by the Hardy Players

Normal National Trust admission charges apply

After the proceedings conclude at 5pm, you may wish to make a voluntary contribution towards the defrayal of expenses.


Later in the season, there are further opportunities to take tea with Mr and Mrs Hardy at Max Gate:

Wednesday 15th July: when Dr Marie Stopes will be in attendance and the Hardy Players will present scenes from ‘Tess of the D’Urbevilles’

Thursday 13th August: Mr Siegfried Sassoon and Mrs Virginia Woolf are hoping to attend, and the Hardy Players will recite some favourite verse from Mr Hardy’s extensive oeuvre

Thursday 20th August: You are cordially invited to Tea and Country Dancing under the expert instruction of Mrs Laycock, and in the extrovert presence [straight from the West End] of the renowned tragedian Mrs Patrick Campbell.

If you wish to attend one or more of the Teas, kindly RSVP to The National Trust at Max Gate, indicating your intention.

01305 262538 or email maxgate@nationaltrust.org.uk

Please arrive by 3.45pm. Tea commences at 4pm. Carriages at 5pm.


 

The New Hardy Players Tenth Anniversary Season


Click here to see events at National Trusts’s Max Gate.

Click here to download poster as PDF.

March 5 – Woodland Words

The New Hardy Players present a special programme of words and music as part of the official opening ceremony for the National Trust’s Thorncombe Woods Visitor Centre on Tuesday March 10th. This Visitor Centre serves Thomas Hardy’s cottage in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester – more info on the National Trust website.

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The thirty- minute programme is devised and directed by Tim Laycock, and features short acted extracts from The Woodlanders and Far From the Madding Crowd, as well as poetry and prose by Thomas Hardy, and local folksongs and music.

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Thorncombe Woods and the heath beyond was Thomas Hardy’s playground as a young boy, and the landscape inspired some of his most memorable prose and poetry. ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ were both written in Hardy’s Cottage, and the stories of his mother’s early life in Melbury Osmond provided the raw material for The Woodlanders. ‘Woodland Words’ will be performed on the very edge of the wood in amongst the trees. Sadly, this performance will not be open to the public, but there will be an opportunity to see and hear it at Hardy’s Cottage on Saturday May 2nd. Further details once the timings are confirmed.

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