Emma Rice’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is to tour the UK and stream online.
Wise Children will produce the show together with the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal.
Wise Children’s Artistic Director Emma Rice will direct her adaptation, with Lucy McCormick starring in the piece as Cathy.
Completing the cast are Sam Archer (Lockwood/Edgar Linton), Nandi Bhebhe (The Moor), Mirabelle Gremaud (swing), TJ Holmes (Robert), Ash Hunter (Heathcliff), Craig Johnson (Mr Earnshaw/Dr Kenneth), Jordan Laviniere (John), Kandaka Moore (Zillah), Katy Owen (Isabella Linton/Linton Heathcliff), Tama Phethean (Hindley Earnshaw/Hareton Earnshaw) and Witney White (Frances Earnshaw/Young Cathy).
Music will be performed by Sid Goldsmith, Nadine Lee and Renell Shaw.
The tour will open in October 2021 at the Bristol Old Vic where the show will also stream to at home audiences between 3 and 6 November. Tickets for in-person performances at Bristol are on sale now here with live stream tickets on sale soon.
The show will then move on to York’s Theatre Royal before heading to London’s National Theatre in 2022. Further venues confirmed for the tour include Theatre Royal Nottingham, The Lowry, Sunderland Empire and Edinburgh Kings Theatre.
Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed.
The show features set and costume design by Vicki Mortimer; sound and video by Simon Baker; composition by Ian Ross; movement and choreography by Etta Murfitt and lighting design by Jai Morjaria.
Emma Rice said: “I loved Wuthering Heights with a passion as a teenager. I thought it was a love story, a wild romance. I now find little love within its pages, but these multi layered readings are what makes it such a fascinating story.
“My Wuthering Heights promises to be a revenge tragedy for our time – but it will also be about hope. I want to wrestle hatred to the earth and let a new story grow. Wild and fierce, elemental and true – I cannot wait to start work on this timeless classic. And that is theatre romance, right there!”