Fri 29 June – Sun 15 July • The Trumpet Major • New Hardy Players

The New Hardy Players return with a spectacular Georgian entertainment in evocative outdoor locations in Dorset. Bring along a picnic and enjoy Thomas Hardy’s historical romance ‘The Trumpet Major’ in a colourful new production directed by Tim Laycock with Penny Levick. Featuring Harlequinade dancers from Dorchester Ballet directed by Lucy Bishop, newly composed music by Alastair Simpson, and country entertainments for all to enjoy. With a host of colourful characters, and set against the background of the threat of invasion, the Battle of Trafalgar and the glowering presence of Old Boney (Napoleon Bonaparte), this is rollicking and richly comic adaptation was first performed by the Hardy Players in 1908, resurrected by Dorchester Drama in 1978, and is now brought up to date by the New Hardy Players – don’t miss it!

Friday 29 June Max Gate, Dorchester, 7.30pm
Sat 30 June Watercombe House, nr. Owermoigne, 2.30pm
Friday 6 July Lulworth Cove, 7.30pm
Sunday 8 July Bridehead House, Littlebredy, 2.30pm
Friday 13 July Cerne Rectory, Cerne Abbas, 7.30pm
Sunday 15 July Kingston Maurward College

(part of the Thomas Hardy Society Conference and Festival), 7.30pm