Reproduction of Successful West End Musical - TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES - comes to The Platform Theatre @ Rugby College - Rugby and Daventry Radio Station, Midlands UK            

Reproduction of Successful West End Musical – TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES – comes to The Platform Theatre @ Rugby College

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Reproduction of Successful West End Musical – TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES – comes to The Platform Theatre @ Rugby College

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Tickets for this powerful, vibrant and spellbinding musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic tale are now on sale for performances on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June 2022 starting at 7pm. 

Talented young actors and musicians from across the UK starred in this musical at Theatre Royal Winchester in August 2017. As testament to its brilliance, it was chosen to run 8 performances in April 2018 at The Other Palace in London’s West End. 

Local resident Ollie Wheeler performed and sang in the show; reflecting back he says Being on stage in the West End was an amazing and surreal experience for me that Ill never forget

Now in his final year studying the University of Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts at Rugby College, he and his fellow students are pulling all the stops out to put on this incredible show and showcase their talent. 

Final year students put forward a musical of their choice for their FMP; Final Major Production. Out of 5 proposals submitted, Ollie Wheeler’s pitch for Tess of the D’Urbervilles was chosen by tutors and students. 

When I set my heart on something I give it my all. I started preparations last summer by contacting Jon Bromwich, Executive Producer at British Youth Musical Theatre (BYMT) to ask permission to put on the show

Its important when putting on any show that you have the rights toreproduce something, and thankfully BYMT, Gerry FlanaganDirector and Pippa Cleary, song writer allowed me to go ahead and kindly provided me with the full script, backing tracks and lyrics. I cant thank them all enough

Hayley Glover, Lecturer & Course Leader said This is a huge project for the final year students because it’s a graded aspect of their course. Theyre responsible for every aspect of putting the production together from directing, choregraphingsound and lighting, costumeand set design, promotion as well as rehearsing tirelessly to perform in the show itself.

Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for concessions. Prebook your tickets now and pay cash on the door on the night by emailing Hayley Glover at or All proceeds are reinvested into putting on future shows produced by the college. 

Country girl Tess Durbeyfield knows nothing of the world outside her own village. Caught between her manipulative cousin Alec and the handsome Angel, a dark love story unfolds leading to seduction, abandonment, and murder. 

Don’t miss out on what promises to be an incredible performanceat The Platform Theatre, Rugby College, Technology Drive, Rugby CV21 1AR.


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