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After Mrs Rochester

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By Polly Teale

Director - Angie Langfield
Sound Designer - Munotida Chinyanga
Intimacy Coordinator & Movement Director - Vanessa Ewan 
Accent Coach - Rebecca Gausnell  
Voice Coach - Claudette Williams
Fight Director - Jonathan Leverett 
Costume Supervisor - Hannah McMahon-Major 
Production Supervisor - Shaz McGee 
BA (Hons) Acting Course Leader - Nick Moseley 

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

Creative Team - BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Students
Assistant Director - Valeria Barajas
Set & Costume Designer - Angelica Rush
Lighting Designer - Jack Harris

Production Team - BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Students
Production Manager - Joe Monk
Stage Manager - Elísa Sif Hermannsdóttir
Assistant Production Manager - Edward Callow
Production Carpenter - William Edwards
Deputy Stage Manager - Chloe Wilson
Props Buyer & Assistant Stage Manager - Suzie Dubowski
Chief Electrician - Megan Curson
Lighting Programmer - Steven Frost
Production Electrician - Simon Moss
Production Sound Engineer - Amber Carey
Sound Crew - Jessica Cluff, Leeluu Dallas King, William Howe, Isobel Mackintosh, Dylan Saberton, Ali Taie & Chloe Toland
Costume Makers - Rachel McNutt & Moneka Prato
Costume Makers & Dressers - Nenni Alenius, Yuval Dolev & George Hughes

Thanks to: Almeida Theatre, Imogen Brown, Alan Butler, Genia Colwill, Irena & Ed Dubowski, Tony Griffin, Chloe Hardwicke, Jadwiga Kalinska, Kiln Theatre, Lucy Mewis-McKerrow, Stuart Porter, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, TDM, Todd Smith, Michelle Wilson & Young Vic Theatre. 



The mad woman in the attic in Jane Eyre is placed centre stage in this intriguing examination of the life of Jean Rhys, author of the Wide Sargasso Sea - a novel that reinvents the life of Bertha, Mrs Rochester.

I thought I'd write the story as it might really have been. She seemed such a poor ghost. I thought I'd try to write her a life.’ Jean Rhys, Paris Review 1979.

Bertha becomes Jean's alter ego. Both are locked, literally and metaphorically, and the key to their freedom is at the heart of Polly Teale's moving and startling piece of theatre. After Mrs Rochester was first produced by Shared Experience in 2003.

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Approximate running time: one hour and 55 minutes. There will be one interval.

Download the programme (pdf)


  • Monday 9 March, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Friday 13 March, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 14 March, 2.30pm


Webber Douglas Studio, Central

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NB: Tickets are non-refundable. Please check in with the box office 15 minutes prior to the start of the show where you will receive an entrance token.

Proof of eligibility is required for all concessionary rate tickets.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is fully wheelchair accessible, please speak with our box office team on 02077228183 if you have any further enquiries.


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Event price

Tickets: £10/ £5 concessions. Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

9 Mar 2020 - 7:30pm to 14 Mar 2020 - 2:30pm

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