Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy
English Touring Theatre
Directed by Kate Saxon

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Production duration: 54 min 10 sec

Join our audience and experience

  • Unique high definition films of leading British theatre productions
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interviews with professional theatre makers
  • Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context
  • Written and filmed analysis of key scenes and speeches
  • Filmed teaching support resources

"This visual awareness of form and structure is vital for our students in their exam preparation"

Juliette McGirr
Acting Director for Teaching and Learning for English
Claremont High School Academy, Harrow

  • Productions


    Unique high-definition films of leading British theatre productions.

  • Making Theatre

    Making Theatre

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interiews with professinal theatre makers.

  • Study Guides

    Study Guides

    Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context.

  • Teaching Support

    Teaching Support

    Filmed practical theatre workshops that reveal text in practice, with supporting written material.

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


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