Join writer Deborah McAndrew, director Elizabeth Newman and the cast of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as they discuss our exciting new co production, developed in partnership with York Theatre Royal. The panel will explore the artistic journey of the adaptation, the emotional and physical landscape of the story, and the power of the female pen.

Is it possible to escape your past? The mysterious new tenant at Wildfell Hall certainly seems to hope so. In a brand new adaptation by Deborah McAndrew, Anne Brontë’s classic story The Tenant of Wildfell Hal’ is bought vividly to life for the Octagon stage.

Famously dismissed by Anne’s sister Charlotte Brontë as unpublishable, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall has fascinated audiences and readers alike with its arresting depiction of the uneasy path that a Victorian woman must tread, on finding herself trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Our Investigate Day is an examination of the play and the powerful message it conveys. In 1913, in an essay discussing the novel, May Sinclair wrote that the slamming of the bedroom door against Helen’s husband ‘reverberated all around England’. The significance then, and now, of what a woman chooses to write will form a focus for discussion around the play.

Additional information


Saturday 8 April


10.30am, followed by matinee performance

Ticket price

£7 for morning session or £21 including the matinee ticket.


Show accessible performances only

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