2018 Upcoming Events



Summer Production 2018

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.

Directed by Tim Laycock
Original music by Alastair Simpson
Harlequin dances by Lucy Bishop

Friday 29th June Max Gate Alington Avenue Dorchester DT1 2FN at 7.30pm

Saturday 30th June Watercombe House, Watercombe, Dorchester DT2 8HU at 2.30pm

Friday 6th July Lulworth Cove, Main Rd, West Lulworth BH20 5RQ at 7.30pm

Sunday 8th July Bridehead, Littlebredy DT2 9JA at 2.30pm

Friday 13th July. The Vicarage, 4 Back Lane, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JW at 7.30pm

Sunday 15th July International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival at Kingston Mauward Agricultural College, Kingston Mauward DT2 8PY at 7.30pm

You are invited to picnic at the venue an hour before the performance. Bring a folding chair or a rug and protective clothing in case of bad weather.

Booking information​ ​for​ ​The Trumpet Major​ –

Online​: C​lick on this link:​ ​

In person: Dorchester Arts,​ ​The Corn Exchange,​ ​High East Street, Dorchester​, ​Dorset​ ​DT1 1HF

By telephone​ from Dorchseter Arts​:​ ​01305 266926

Events at Max Gates during 2018

Tea with Mr Hardy and Guest Marie Stopes

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May.  Directed by Tim Laycock 

Poetry Readings

Thursday 7th June and Wednesday 4th July

At Home with Mrs Hardy

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September. Directed by Andrew Munro and Sue Worth.

Based on Emma Hardy’s interests as a Suffragist, it also include’s Florence Dugdale, set in 1910. The top table will include both Suffragettes and Suffragists’ and Miss Brown nearly gets arrested!