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Hotbuckle Productions of Far from the Madding Crowd at Blists Hill Victorian Town this Father's Day

Hotbuckle Productions of Far from the Madding Crowd at  Blists Hill Victorian Town this Father's Day Hotbuckle Productions will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Father’s Day, Sunday, 18th June with their own inspired adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Far from the Madding Crowd, telling the story with humour and emotion. To celebrate dad’s special day, Hotbuckle are giving free tickets to any father who is accompanied by another full paying adult. Suitable for all the family, the outdoor evening performance starts at 6pm.

The play tells the story of young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for, and pursuit of, the elusive and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene. Her wayward nature however leads her into the path of the dashing Sergeant Troy and the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer Mr Boldwood culminating, almost inevitably, in both tragedy and true love.

Shropshire-based professional theatre company, Hotbuckle Productions produce new writing and original work but are best known for adaptions of traditional and classic works of literature. Well known for their effortless and innovative storytelling abilities, their style is distinctive with fast costume changes and great humour, always striving to make every story as accessible as possible.

Come along when the gates open at 5pm and admire the historic streets as you walk through the Town to The Green, where the performance will take place. Bring rugs to sit on the grass and your own picnic; there is a refreshment stall that sells tea, coffee and ice creams.

Tickets for the performance are £12 for adults and £6 for children and students, while the price for a family of four including dad is £24. Fathers go free when accompanied by a full paying adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance either online at or by calling the box office on 01743 860 576 (booking fee applies).

The performance is suitable for all ages but recommended for those aged eight years and over. Annual Passport Tickets are not valid for this evening; all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and dogs will not be allowed. For further details, about Blists Hill Victorian Town, Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).

The performance of Far from the Madding Crowd is also part of this year’s celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.



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