'What I want is Facts!' Roll Up Roll Up! In a co-production with Pontardawe Arts Centre, supported by Arts Council Wales and Ty Cerdd, we are presenting Stephen Jeffreys' adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless thriller about love, learning and circus skills, Hard Times. Touring Wales through the winter of 2017.

Hard Times

“Now, what I want is…FACTS!”

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council and a Ty Cerdd Grant to assist in our autumn tour this year. We are in partnership with the Pontardawe Arts Centre and we are touring Stephen Jeffreys’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Hard Times all over Wales.
We open in Pontardawe on the 9th of November and are on tour until the 2nd of December – tour schedule below.

Written in 1854, Hard Times is Dickens’ most passionately political work. In Coketown, callous businessmen Thomas Gradgrind and Josiah Bounderby have created a logical, heartless world regulated by measurable facts and data and at the expense of joy and imagination. While these monsters prosper, children endure a cold and loveless life. But their unhappy world is transformed when Sleary’s circus comes to town….

“ There is a love in the world. It’s not all self interest after all, but something very different…”

This is a compelling tale of cold hearts and blazing humanity. Dickens’ masterful language, clear moral insight and vibrant colourful characters come to life in this many-layered theatrical tour de force – it seemed an irresistible tale for this day and age

We are delighted too to be welcoming Joe Harmston to the Lighthouse fold to direct a show for us for the first time.

View our production trailer here:

Thursday 9th November 2017  12.30pm, Pontardawe Arts Centre – Schools Performance
7.30pm, Pontardawe Arts Centre
Friday 10th November 2017
7.30pm, RedHouse Cymru, Merthyr
Saturday 11th November 2017
7.30pm, Newbridge Memo,
Tuesday 14th November 2017
7.30pm The Miners, Ammanford
Wednesday 15th November 2017
7.30pm, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Thursday 16th November 2017
7.30pm, Congress Theatre, Cwmbran
Friday 17th November 2017
7.30pm Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
7.30pm, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli.
Thursday 23rd November 2017
7.30pm, Pavilion Mid Wales, Llandrindod Wells
Friday 24th November 2017
7.30pm, The Hafren, Newtown
Saturday 25th November 2017
7.30pm, DTTheatre, Swansea
Sunday 26th November 2017
7.30pm, DTTheatre, Swansea
Wednesday 29th November 2017
7.30pm, Grand Pavilion, Stage Door, Porthcawl
Thursday 30th November 2017
7.30pm, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth
Saturday 2nd December 2017
7.30pm, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

Following A Christmas Carol, The Signalman, A Christmas Dinner and The Chimes, we return to the master story-teller himself…

Cast and Creatives to be announced