Reviewed by Louise Edwards
National Theatre Live’s production of Jane Eyre on a national tour currently showing at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. This historic theatre lies in the centre of the city close to Arundel Gate car park.
Directed by Sally Cookson (who also directed the wonderful Hetty Feather), Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, is brought to life in an incredible three hour production that keeps you captive and spellbound throughout.
The cast of ten are on stage throughout the production with all apart from Jane herself, played perfectly by Nadia Clifford, taking many different roles to tell the story. The acting is superb. You see Jane transform from a broken, yet spirited, child to strong minded woman seamlessly. The story takes her from the abusive childhood, through school and to working as governess to the delightful Adele, played by Hannah Bristow (who also take on four other parts amazingly!) and meeting Rochester, played brilliantly by Tim Delap.
The stage design and lighting create the atmosphere which is haunting, yet invigorating, with the use of ladders to portray the feeling of space and having the orchestra on stage draws the audience closer. The music is incredible and the captivating voice of Melanie Marshall whose presence throughout the show is commanding takes on different musical styles to enhance the part she plays as Bertha Mason.
The show thoroughly deserves the full 5/5 for being a stunning piece of theatre that is both educational and entertaining. If you have read Jane Eyre you will see the book in a fresh light and if you haven’t read the book you will now want to (as well as watch the show again)!
Tickets cost from £21 to £31 (booking fees may apply).
Jane Eyre is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 18-22 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000