A China Plate, Inspector Sands, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Oxford Playhouse co-production

Wuthering Heights

“We don’t in general take to foreigners here… unless they take to us first”


Run time: 2 hours (including interval)

Age: 14+

Content warnings: The show contains themes of violence, sickness, and death. The show will contain smoke/haze, loud noises, flashing lights and moments of darkness.

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After Emily Brontë
Created by Inspector Sands

Adaptation conceived and developed by Lucinka Eisler and Ben Lewis
Written by Ben Lewis
Directed by Lucinka Eisler

“We don’t in general take to foreigners here… unless they take to us first”

Channelling Emily Brontë’s piercing wit and fierce emotion, Inspector Sands bring their characteristic humour, passion and pathos to the infamous love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Wuthering Heights will contain violence, peril, social awkwardness, exhilarating music, high winds and mud.

Developed with the support of Bristol Old Vic Ferment, UCL Culture, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Jacksons Lane. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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  • 24th April 2023 - 6th May 2023 at Royal & Derngate, Northampton

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  • 9th May 2023 - 12th May 2023 at Oxford Playhouse

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  • 16th May 2023 - 18th May 2022 at Warwick Arts Centre

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  • 23rd May 2023 - 27th May 2023 at Rose Theatre, Kingston

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  • 6th June 2023 - 10th June 2023 at Northern Stage

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Following the performances of Wuthering Heights, on the dates listed below, there will be post show discussions with academic experts and members of the creative team. These discussions provide an excellent opportunity to gain insight into this adaptation of Wuthering Heights, its themes and its characters.

More information, including confirmation of the panellists, will be announced soon – do check back here for details!

Date: Wednesday 3rd May
Location: Royal & Derngate, Northampton

For more information, please visit Royal & Derngate’s website here.

Date: Wednesday 10th May
Location: Oxford Playhouse

For more information, please visit Oxford Playhouse’s website here.

Date: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th May
Location: Warwick Arts Centre

For more information, please visit Warwick Arts Centre’s website here.

Date: Thursday 25th May
Location: Rose Theatre, Kingston

For more information, please visit Rose Theatre’s website here.

Date: Tuesday 6th June
Location: Northern Stage

For more information, please visit Northern Stage’s website here.

Key stages: KS4 & KS5 (GCSE / A Level)
Subjects: Drama, English Literature

Available to support with:

  • analysing and interpreting the live performance
  • exploring methods and techniques within the production and ways into devising
  • the process of interpreting a classic novel and shaping meaning from text

The resources will offer students access to behind-the-scenes materials and the processes of making the show. They will explain the company’s artistic intentions and approach to adapting the novel as well as the social and cultural context for the adaptation. They will contain a synopsis of the show, background information, video interviews with cast and creative team as well as practical activities connected to the Drama and English Lit syllabi.

Email [email protected] to be informed when the resource is available.

Key stages: KS4 & KS5 (GCSE / A Level)
Subjects: Drama, English Literature

School workshops will be available to schools in areas the show is touring to in April, May and June (limited availability).

These workshops will explore themes, characters and extracts from Wuthering Heights. Students will gain insight into Inspector Sands’ artistic approach and theatrical style as well as the making process of their adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

In the course of this two hour workshop, students will learn to devise an original performance piece using key moments from Wuthering Heights as a stimulus. Students will also explore Inspector Sands’ unique devising methods, which will equip them with new skills in performance, directing and critical analysis.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Creative Team

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Inspector Sands are known for their irresistible mix of comedy and pathos.

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  • Created by | Inspector Sands
  • Adaptation conceived & developed by | Lucinka Eisler and Ben Lewis
  • Writer | Ben Lewis
  • Director | Lucinka Eisler
  • Associate Director | Chris Yarnell
  • Designer | Jamie Vartan
  • Sound Designers | Elena Peña & Dan Balfour
  • Lighting Designer | Ben Ormerod
  • Costume Designer | Johanna Mårtensson
  • Costume Supervisor | Vicki Nissley
  • Production Manager | Helen Mugridge
  • Casting | Annelie Powell CDG and Hayley Kaimakliotis
  • Artistic Associate | Giulia Innocenti
  • Consulting Artist | Tanuja Amarasuriya
  • Accent Coach | Gurkiran Kaur
  • Wellbeing Practitioner | Shally Gadhoke
  • Supporting the production | Intimacy On Set
  • Intimacy Coordinator | Rose Ryan
  • Assistant Intimacy Coordinator | Veniece Forde
  • Company Stage Manager | Roisin Symes
  • Assistant Stage Manager | Daniel Roach-Williams
  • Marketing Consultant | Emma Martin
  • Press Consultant | Arabella Neville-Rolfe
  • Producer | China Plate
  • Associate Producer (China Plate) | Amanda Fawcett
  • Education Coordinator (China Plate) | Ailbhe Treacy
  • Teaching Resource Consultant | Susie Ferguson
  • Hindley / Hareton | John Askew (he/him)
  • Catherine | Lua Bairstow (they/she)
  • Heathcliff | Ike Bennett (he/him)
  • Earnshaw / Edgar / Linton | Leander Deeny (he/him)
  • Nelly | Giulia Innocenti (she/her)
  • Isabella / Frances / Young Cathy | Nicole Sawyerr (she/her)

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