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When Howard met George: A Play in Two Acts

Marian Evans (Mrs Lewes) (George Eliot) (left) was born near Nuneaton in 1819 to a prosperous land agent and his (second) wife. She has lost whatever regional accent she may have had, and has often been complimented on her melodious voice. She speaks…

Review of The Mill on the Floss at the Fortune Theatre, London

“George Eliot" seems to be fashionable at the moment. I gather that Sias Marner is planned for television. Now Margaret Wolfit, Sir Donald's actress daughter, has managed to get her single-handed stage version of The Mill On The Floss into two…

Review of Middlemarch in Spring by Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens

George Eliot consistently paid meticulous attention to matters of 'voice', typically providing precise descriptions of her characters' voices, whether speaking or singing. Dorothea Brooke's harp-like voice is, of course, one of the qualities that…

Review of Daniel Deronda, adapted by John Cooper and performed by Traffic of the Stage

A dramatized version of Daniel Deronda scripted by John Cooper was produced by the Traffic of the Stage Company at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate in May. Directed by Harry Meacher, it had a cast of seventeen actors who between them…

Adam Bede, adapted and directed by Geoffrey Beevers, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Adam Bede is not easily adaptable to the stage. Its structure is essentially narrative rather than dramatic, and much of its interest consists in the probing of moral issues and analysis of motive. A straightforward retelling of the plot without any…

Review of 'The Lifted Veil,' adapted for the stage by Tim Heath, 2002

It was perhaps Herbert Spencer in his Autobiography (1904) who first disseminated the myth that, though George Eliot will remain for posterity one of our finest novelists, her weakness was that she could not construct effective, dramatic plots. By…

Review of Silas Marner, adapted and directed by Geoffrey Beevers, Orange Tree Theatre, 1998

Following on from his extremely successful stage adaptation of Adam Bede, which won a Time Out award in 1991, Geoffrey Beevers chose to bring another George Eliot masterpiece, Silas Marner, to the stage at the Orange Tree theatre. With four stage…

Review of George Eliot's Mill on the Floss, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson and directed by Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale, 1995

This is a study of George Eliot's political imagination which traces the theme of inheri-tance through her fiction, taking it both in its ordinary sense of property bequeathed from one generation to another and in the extended sense of the…

Theatre Review: Adam Bede at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

I remember repeatedly falling asleep over the book at university ... [the adaptor] sensibly excludes ... many interminable passages of description and lofty authorial comment; and he has unearthed more humour in the novel than I dreamt was possible…