Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)


Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4w, 5m

Thomas Hardy, Jessica Swale

Thomas Hardy's
Far From the Madding Crowd
adapted by Jessica Swale

"Swale skilfully knits the epic and intimate" - What's On Stage

Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 5m
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
Far From the Madding Crowd (Swale)



When Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm from her uncle, no-one expects her to run it alone. But our spirited young heroine will not be deterred and eagerly takes up the gauntlet.

She rises impressively to the challenges of sheep farming, but the trials of the heart are harder to overcome. Caught between a pair of suitors - the kind and dependable shepherd Gabriel Oak and the prosperous eligible bachelor William Boldwood, her choice seems hard enough. Then the dashing Sergeant Troy appears over the horizon, with a swagger in his step and a dangerous secret in his past. Who will she choose?

Adapted by Jessica Swale, whose play Blue Stockings was nominated for an Evening Standard Award. Her other adaptations include The Secret Garden and Sense and Sensibility, also for the Watermill.

  • Features Period Costumes

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


Available Formats:



Thomas Hardy

Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale is a writer and director. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company and a returning playwright at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Plays include Nell Gwynn (winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award 2015), All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shak ...
View full profile


Now Playing

Community Experiences