Suitcase Theatre Company stages Dickens classic Hard Times at the Melville Centre.

By Staff reporter in Arts

The Melville Centre’s resident adult theatre company has chosen ‘Hard Times’ as its latest production, in a fast-paced version for the stage by Stephen Jeffreys.

Though perhaps not as well-known as ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘Great Expectations’, the story of ‘Hard Times’ is packed with classic Dickensian characters: the fact-obsessed headmaster Thomas Gradgrind, his wilful daughter Louisa, the grasping banker/mill-owner Josiah Bounderby, his totally posh housekeeper Mrs Sparsit, and the salt-of-the earth mill worker Stephen Blackpool.

Set in the fictional Northern town of Coketown, ‘Hard Times’ promises to be an evening of drama and pathos, presented with Suitcase Theatre Company’s usual style and quality.

Performances take place in the Melville Theatre on Thursday June 8 – Saturday June 10 at 7.30pm.

Tickets (£8 and £5 for under-18s) can be reserved by calling 01873 853167 or by emailing

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