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Jane Eyre

Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, London (****)

© Manuel Harlan

© Manuel Harlan

 

Sally Cookson’s much acclaimed Bristol Old Vic-National Theatre adaption of Charlotte Bronté’s Jane Eyre is a feast of fluidity and visual invention. First staged at the Bristol Old Vic last year in two parts, at the National it’s been honed down to just over three and a quarter hours – a long haul in normal circumstances but wholly justified. Cookson’s true-to-its-period but modernist version seldom flags and provides powerful arguments as to Charlotte Bronté’s pioneering spirit promoting the rights of women to a full exercise of their imaginative lives. Continue reading