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.

Dates and locations of the other performances have yet to be announced, but keep an weather eye on here 


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!