Hard Times by Charles Dickens Lighthouse Theatre Ltd In Coketown, callous businessmen Thomas Gradgrind and Josiah Bounderby have created a logical, heartless world. While these monsters prosper, children endure a cold and loveless life. But their unhappy world is transformed when Sleary’s circus comes to town. Following their acclaimed adaptation of Dickens’ The Chimes in 2014, and their sell-out tours of Aberystwyth Mon Amour and Shirley Valentine in 2016, Lighthouse bring their unique theatrical style to this compelling tale of cold hearts and blazing humanity. Dickens’ masterful language, clear moral insight and vibrant colourful characters shine through this many layered theatrical tour de force. A co-production with Pontardawe Arts Centre, this show is supported by Arts Council Wales. Previous praise for shows by Lighthouse Theatre: Shirley Valentine: ‘This was a production of an exceptionally high standard from a company of whom we expect the highest standards’ Aberystwyth Mon Amour: ‘Original, off-the-wall and incredibly inventive...and very, very funny’ The Chimes: ‘a thoroughly enjoyable production and no bah humbug’ Brief Encounters: ‘ gem of a performance’ A full Promoters’Pack will be available upon request. ABOUT THE PERFORMER Lighthouse Theatre is a touring theatre company based in Swansea. It is designed to bring classic theatre to small and mid scale touring venues. The directors are both Swansea resident and have been professional performers for the last twenty years. Most recently, the company presented a critically acclaimed adaptation of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter all over Wales and Yorkshire, in theatres, village halls and railway stations. This production was invited to tour South America by the British Embassies and Actirs to Uruguay. At present, they are preparing a tour of a new Christmas show entitled Dickens and Dylan. In April, they will be returning to South America with a new four-person version of She Stoops to Conquer.