Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy
English Touring Theatre
Directed by Kate Saxon

"I don’t see why a maid should take a husband when she’s bold enough to fight her own battles.”

Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene who, after inheriting her uncle’s farm, finds herself a mistress in a man’s world. 

This classic novel was adapted for the English Touring Theatre by Mark Healy and uses a large ensemble cast, live music, inventive choreography and energetic staging to bring the story to life. Captured by Digital Theatre live at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, the production was directed by Kate Saxon with music by Gary Yershon.

Production duration: 2 hrs 22 min

Cast & creative team


  • William Boldwood
    Stephen Billington
  • Fanny Robin/Temperance
    Jennifer Bryden
  • Gabriel Oak
    Phil Cheadle
  • Sergeant Troy
    Adam Croasdell
  • Liddy Smallbury
    Laura Elphinstone
  • Matthew Moon/Soldier
    Gwynfor Jones
  • Bathsheba Everdene
    Rebecca O'Mara
  • Henery Fray/Shepherd
    Jack Sandle
  • Maryann/Mrs Hurst
    Cleo Sylvestre
  • Soberness
    Ruth Westley
  • Jan Coggan/Vicar
    Noel White
  • Joseph Poorgrass
    Gareth Williams
  • Pennyways
    Johnson Willis


  • Kate Saxon
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Mark Healy
  • Libby Watson
  • Gary Yershon
  • Oliver Fenwick
    Lighting Designer
  • Duncan Chave
    Sound Designer
  • Helen Leblique
    Assistant Director
  • Rachel Tackley