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

Wuthering Heights

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


Run time: 2.5 hours including interval

Age: 14+

Content warnings: This show features depictions of racism, abuse, death, illness, violence, and intimacy. There are occurrences of strong language and racialised insults. The show contains loud noises and music, flashing lights (not strobe) and haze.

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The Guardian

5 stars

West End Best Friend

5 stars

The Stage

4 stars

"They are brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank. They are kaleidoscopic creators. Don't miss them!"

New York Theatre Guide

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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 strangers 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.

‘Compelling, feverish energy’The Stage
‘weirdly, wonderfully, entertaining’ – The Guardian
‘superb re-invention of the story’Beyond the Curtain

A hugely talented cast, a mind-blowing adaptation and a fantastic night of theatre!’West End Best Friend 

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.

Ben Lewis and Lucinka Eisler thrilling adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel has been published as a play text by Metheun Drama, and is available to purchase at each venue along the tour.

Please note a detailed document with further content warning information is available from the Downloads section here.

Photo © Alex Brenner

Education Resources

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 offer students access to behind-the-scenes materials and the processes of making the show. They explain the company’s artistic intentions and approach to adapting the novel as well as the social and cultural context for the adaptation. They 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.

Click here to view and download the Drama resource.

Click here to view and download the English resource.

Click here to watch the cast and creative team interview videos.

If you have any questions or for more information, please email [email protected]

★★★★★ ‘I couldn’t help but think how this would be an incredibly compelling piece of theatre to study as part of a drama syllabus’ – Lauren in Leicester

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

School workshops were available to schools in areas the show was touring to during April, May and June (limited availability).

These workshops 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.

★★★★★ ‘Inspector Sands’ fresh take on the literary classic is sure to make it more appealing to audiences young and old.’ – West End Best Friend

Cast & Creative Team

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Inspector Sands

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
  • Co-Sound Designers | Elena Peña & Dan Balfour
  • Lighting Designer | Ben Ormerod
  • Costume Designer | Johanna Mårtensson
  • Costume Supervisor | Victoria Nissley
  • Costume Makers | Kate Ireland & Sarah Poxton-Le'Strange
  • Hair & Makeup Supervisor | Gavin Rennick
  • Production Manager | Helen Mugridge
  • Casting | Annelie Powell CDG, Hayley Kaimakliotis and Alice Walters
  • Artistic Associate | Giulia Innocenti
  • Consulting Artist | Tanuja Amarasuriya
  • GRT Consultancy | Alessandra Davison
  • Voice & Accent Coach | Gurkiran Kaur
  • Fight Director | Rachid Sabitri from True Edge
  • 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 | Fran De'Ath
  • Technical Stage Manager | Verity Clayton
  • Assistant Stage Manager (cover) | Craig Davidson
  • BSL Interpreter (tour) | Andrea Daly
  • Production Sound Engineer (Tour) | Richard Bell
  • Production Relighter (Tour) | Megan Lucas
  • Marketing Consultant | Emma Martin
  • Press Consultant | Arabella Neville-Rolfe
  • Production photographer | Alex Brenner
  • Production trailer | Rachel Bunce
  • Production BTS films & production capture | Helm Films
  • Production rehearsal photographer | Paul Blakemore
  • Image Design - Photography | Stefan Lange
  • Title treatment/ Designer | Paddy Molloy
  • Designer/format for print | Ivan Pieri Gonzalez & Peter Moffat
  • Producer | China Plate
  • Associate Producer (China Plate) | Amanda Fawcett
  • Producer on attachment (China Plate) | Brad Hackett
  • Producing Assistant Interns | Fisola Kelly-Akinnuaoye and Orla Deacon
  • Education Coordinator (China Plate) | Ailbhe Treacy
  • Teaching Resource Consultant | Susie Ferguson
  • Workshop Facilitators | Emily Summers & Lakeisha Lynch Stevens
  • 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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