One of the unique masterpieces among the 19th century English literary classics – Wuthering Heights – will be staged in Estonia for the first time. This is a passionate and fateful love story between the demonic Heathcliff and beautiful Catherine Earnshaw which influences the destiny of two squire families over many generations.
Author: Emily Jane Brontë
Dramatiser: J. Davison
Translator: Kersti Unt
Director: Roman Baskin
Stage Designer: Ann Lumiste
Light Designer: Martin Meelandi
In Roles: Marko Matvere, Kersti Heinloo (Estonian Drama Theatre), Riho Kütsar, Ott Sepp, Külliki Saldre, Helen Rekkor, Margus Jaanovits, Raivo Adlas
Presented with one interval.
In the beginning of the 19th century a squire returns one evening from a long journey to his manor house in the faraway corner of England bringing along a foundling who was named Heathcliff. The demonic Heathcliff and temperamental Catherine fall passionately in love and in its invincible strength and impossibility this love affair turns out to be the essence and destruction of their life.
According to the Vanemuine drama director, Sven Karja, this summer’s drama production is a lucky coincidence of three ideas which had thus far been contemplated separately. “On one hand there was Brontë’s powerfully visionary novel Wuthering Heights with its mystic currents and monumental characters the production of which had been discussed at the Vanemuine several times. On the other hand there was Roman Baskin, who wanted to direct a story of great passion in the open air in summer. And then there was also Alatskivi Castle in Tartumaa – a place almost undiscovered by the Estonian summer theatre. By the way, Alatskivi Castle was built based on the example of Balmoral Castle in Scotland and as a result could in every way organically interlock with the atmosphere of this old English novel.”
The Vanemuine theatre bus will take the audience before the performance from Tartu to Alatskivi and will also bring them back after the performance. On performance days the theatre bus will depart at 7 p.m. in front of the box offices of the Grand Building of the Vanemuine to take the audience to Alatskivi. The bus will return 15 minutes after the end of the performance and will wait for the audience by Alatskivi Castle. A return ticket to Alatskivi costs 60 kroons. Tickets are sold in the box offices of the Vanemuine and Piletimaailm. Those who want to take the theatre bus to Alatskivi should purchase tickets at least two weeks before the performance. Bus tickets are not refunded or exchanged.
The premiere on 27 June 2008 in the park of Alatskivi Castle in Tartumaa.
Download:» Programme (pdf)