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Vanity Fair

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February 26 - March 31, 2019

All is vanity, nothing is fair.

Why See Vanity Fair?


New for 2019

Becky Sharp rides again in this new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackery's novel from 2017 Wall Street Journal Playwright of the Year Kate Hamill. A scintillating romp through early 19th-century society, amid Becky's fierce scheming and social climbing, Vanity Fair paints a vivid portrait of a woman's place at the time and asks us just what we'd do to get what we want out of life.

With a reputation for reinvigorating classics (see Sense and Sensibility 2014 and Pride and Prejudice 2017), Hamill deftly brings Becky and her genteel companion Amelia to life, imbuing the complexities of their characters and postion with quick wit and vibrancy for a modern audience.

Sharp's progress - The Story of Vanity Fair

Set during the Napoleonic wars in Europe, the story follows the determined scheming of Miss Sharp, a feisty, intelligent young woman who has neither wealth or social status at the start of her ambitious journey to the upper echelons of polite society. With nothing but her wits, beauty, and a gift for sparkling satire, Becky makes her ascent by enticing and seducing wealthy men with a dogged persistence that leaves many by the wayside, marking her as one of literature's most fascinating protagonists.

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Opening night: 26 February 2019



Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes including one intermission

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