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English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres present Lady Chatterley's Lover

4 March 2016


By D.H. Lawrence

Adapted and directed by Phillip Breen


This autumn English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres will co-produce Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence adapted and directed by Phillip Breen.

D.H. Lawrence’s controversial novel, which was banned from publication in the UK until 1960, is a story about freedom of the mind and body in a society bound by class and tradition. Inspired by the setting of his Nottinghamshire childhood, D.H. Lawrence’s tender story shows how three people, reeling from the aftermath of the Great War, struggle to survive in a world which has been blown apart.

Lady Constance Chatterley is trapped in a loveless marriage. Feeling emotionally and physically neglected by her husband, Clifford, who was paralysed in the Great War, she flees to the arms of their handsome Gamekeeper Mellors. As their passionate affair escalates, Constance begins to realise that she can no longer live in a world of the mind alone.

The production will run at Sheffield Theatres, before going on a national tour. 

Phillip Breen adapts and directs. As a director, for Theatr Clwyd his work includes, the forthcoming Cyrano de Bergerac, The Birthday Party, Suddenly Last Summer, Measure for Measure and the world première of Two Princes by Meredydd Barker. Breen also acted as assistant director with Terry Hands at the venue on a number of productions. His other directing work includes 2016 York Minster Mystery Plays (York Minster), The Shoemaker’s Holiday, The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), True West (Glasgow Citizens Theatre and Tricycle Theatre), Sex With a Stranger (Trafalgar Studios), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Caretaker, The Shadow of a Gunman and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui(Glasgow Citizens Theatre), and The Hard Man (Festival City Theatres/Scottish Theatres Consortium). As a writer /adaptor, his work includes Adaptation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Glasgow Citz), Co - Author of Director’s Shakespeare and Actor’s Shakespeare published by Routledge.

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