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Jane Eyre on Sunday at Cineplex

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Maggie Tagney (left), Felix Hayes (second left) , Laura Elphinstone (third left), Madeleine Worrall (third right), Simone Saunders (second right) and Craig Edwards in a scene from National Theatre's Jane Eyre.

"Enchanting. Magnificent. Theatre at its most imaginative."

- Daily Mail

"Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre is a joy to watch. It has a vibrancy that captures the spirit of the novel and the spirit of its heroine."

- Time Out

"Captures the beating heart of the novel. And then some."

- Mail On Sunday

Jane Eyre will be on screen this Sunday, 11:30 a.m., at the Palace Cineplex.

Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre has been said to have revolutionised the art of fiction and is, undoubtedly, a classic of all times. This captivating story of the headstrong and independent heroine and her love for Mr Rochester, the master of Thornfield Hall, has survived generations and some 170 year later is still relevant and palpable.

The National Theatre presents a bold and dynamic adaptation which uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. This re-imagining of Bronte's masterpiece by director Sally Cookson, first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, is now being made available to cinema audiences through the National Theatre Live Series.

"This is not the average 'costume drama'," said actress Madeleine Worrall who plays Jane. She said it is "Exactly the opposite. Everyone plays different characters. We want to tell the story as richly and vividly and with a kind of visceral muscular energy."

Felix Hayes, who plays Rochester, said, "I hope audiences will be surprised by this production, because it surprises me, as a performer, how we are approaching it."

Don Canham, movement director, explained that the play is "Not literal, the music and movement are incredibly dynamic and add an amazing map to the piece. The whole of the devising process on this show is very collaborative, a sort of democratisation of the voices in the room."

Double Olivier-nominated director Sally Cookson directs through improvisations to create the essence of the production.

"Jane Eyre is one of those books that has taken on legendary status. Lots of people know about the title, regardless of whether they've read the book or not ... and I wanted to investigate what has given this book its enduring power," she said.

Describing her approach, Cookson said, "I like to go in a rehearsal room and not know how we're gonna get to the end over the next six weeks. It will all emerge. The first thing to do, obviously, is to pull everything out of the book that excites me. Then I start to work very closely with the dramaturg, and then once we've got that, we have a kind of skeleton structure which I will then take to a workshop."

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's initiative to broadcast theatre live from the stage to cinemas around the world. Each performance is captured and broadcast live (or 'as live', depending on location) via satellite to more than 2,000 venues in more than 40 countries.

Tickets are on sale at the Palace Cineplex's box office, and via the web at, with a value added Palace Card.