Preview: Wuthering Heights, Maskers Theatre Company

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Perhaps lesser-known on campus than our own resident am-dram companies, The Maskers appear in the vicinity but once a year in a regular slot at The Nuffield Theatre. This year’s offering, an adaptation of classic novel Wuthering Heights, opens this week.

Longman and Atwill as lovers Catherine and Heathcliff.

Longman and Atwill as lovers Catherine and Heathcliff.

The show promises to be a highly visual adaptation of Bronte’s famous love story; when we spoke to director Paul Green, he told us they have “brought a dynamic stating approach to the show, utilising sound, set, lighting and physical theatre techniques” – so those in fear of a dreary romance, worry not. Starring Southampton graduate (and ex-SUSU Theatre Group member) Lydia Longman as Catherine, opposite an experienced George Atwill as her leading man, Heathcliff, the pair will lead the small cast of eight in telling what The Maskers describe to be “one of the most enduring love stories of all time”.

Green told us to expect “a full-on theatrical experience,” and given the professional potential of the venue, there’s certainly scope for a powerful production from The Maskers here.

Wuthering Heights is open in The Nuffield Theatre from 27th – 31st January; tickets can be bought on the Nuffield website.

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What do you do with a BA in English? Well, not a lot, which is why Caitlin also works as Deputy Editor here as well as being Head of Events and Marketing for SUSU Performing Arts, on top of blogging and communications for SUSU. After spending an unhealthy amount of her adolescence on the stage, she's taken to slagging other people off for their efforts. Aspiring theatre critic and all-round sassy queen.

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