Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Shared Experience's award-winning performance style transforms classic literary works into turbulent marriages of physicality and text. War and Peace, Desire Under the Elms , and Anna Karenina (which marked the London-based troupe's 1998 BAM debut) have all been reimagined as no-holds-barred theater that stretches the boundares of dramatic and visual interpretation.
Now with Jane Eyre, one of the most cherished novels of the 19th century, Shared Experience takes on a story rife with the intrigue, pathos, and repressed sexuality that defined Victorian England. Charlotte Brontë's plain Jane, governess to the young ward of Mr. Rochester, miraculously finds love on Thornfield estate, only to have it ripped away on her wedding eve. Polly Teale's highly original adaptation yields an erotically charged production that reunites and ultimately empowers Brontë's beleagured heroine with her hidden, unbridled self.