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Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3w

Sarah Gordon

This is not a story about well-behaved women. This is a story about the power of words. It’s about sisters and sisterhood, love and jealousy, support and competition.

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2020 Nick Darke Award

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Summary

Charlotte Brontë has a confession about how one sister became an idol, and the other became known as the third sister. You know the one. No, not that one. The other, other one… Anne.

This is not a story about well-behaved women. This is a story about the power of words. It’s about sisters and sisterhood, love and jealousy, support and competition.

Sarah Gordon’s new play is an irreverent retelling of the life and legend of the Brontë sisters, and the story of the sibling power dynamics that shaped their uneven rise to fame.

History
Underdog: The Other Other Brontë was first produced at the Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London, a co-production with Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and opened on 4th April 2024. Running in Stage 1 at Northern Stage 7th–22nd June 2024.
CHARLOTTE BRONTË
ANNE BRONTË
EMILY BRONTË
  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language

Media

“A Revelation.” – The i

“Enjoyably comic.” – The Arts Desk

“It uncovers the flesh and blood females behind the Brontë myth while interrogating entrenched patriarchy in a broad satire punctuated with amusing anachronistic dialogue. ” – Daily Express

“Playful” – Evening Standard

“A funny, bubbling, bolshie play about sisterhood, feminism, creativity and fame.” – Financial Times

“Quick-witted drama.” – The Guardian

“This blistering myth-buster hits the wuthering heights.” – London Theatre

“Richly entertaining.” – The Reviews Hub

“Gordon’s dialogue is blunt, funny and wilfully anachronistic.” – TimeOut

“It’s written with passion and wit...” – WhatsOnStage

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