Description: Inspired by the novel ‘Winter’ by Christopher Nicholson and dramatised by Sara Davies.
The most famous writer of his day is living in chilly seclusion in Dorset with his second wife and former secretary, Florence. Between these two frozen hearts comes the talented amateur actress Gertrude Bugler, playing Tess in the first production of Hardy’s play, provoking local and national fascination.
Florence determines to put a stop to what she sees as Hardy’s ludicrous infatuation with the young woman. Gertie is caught in the middle, longing to play Tess on the London stage.
Florence Hardy often found herself dealing with the many journalists and admirers who wanted access to her celebrated husband. Caught off-guard, Thomas has agreed to be the subject of a fly-on-the- wall documentary, but he hands the interviewer on to his wife, who reveals more than she intends about her husband’s fascination with Gertrude.
Vibrant performances and a sensitive, unusual treatment bring new light to a story that continues to fascinate.
Florence Hardy Pippa Haywood
Gertude Bugler Katy Sobey
Thomas Hardy Nicholas Farrell
Elsie Alex Tregear