Mystery and memories in stage adaptation of famed novel

Rebecca is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.
Rebecca is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.
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A stage adaptation of one of the world’s best-selling novels is coming to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in May.

Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca will be brought to life on stage by Kneehigh – the company North-East audiences will know from the hugely-popular recent production of Brief Encounter.

Rebecca is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

Rebecca is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

Conjuring Cornish romance and theatrical magic, Emma Rice’s production of Rebecca is a spellbinding adaptation of this famous novel, which has never been out of print since it first hit bookshelves in 1938. It plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday to Saturday, May 11 to 16.

Following the mysterious death of his first wife, Maxim de Winter returns to Manderley with his new young bride. Surrounded by memories of the glamorous Rebecca, the new Mrs De Winter is consumed by jealousy. She sets out to uncover the secrets of the house and a past fiercely guarded by the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers. All is not what it seems in Manderley...

The cast is led by Tristan Sturrock as Maxim de Winter, Emily Raymond as Mrs Danvers with Richard Clews, Katy Owen, Ewan Wardrop, Andy Williams, Lizzie Winkler and introducing Imogen Sage as Mrs de Winter.

Tristan Sturrock originated the roles of Alec in Brief Encounter and Tristan in Tristan & Yseult and has gone on to play both in the West End and across the UK, America and Australia. His one-man show Mayday Mayday has played successful seasons in Edinburgh and New York.

Rebecca is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

Rebecca is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

Kneehigh Theatre is one of the country’s most celebrated companies. Based in Cornwall, just a stone throw’s from Daphne du Maurier’s home, the company has grown from humble beginnings and has carved a global reputation for their shows.

They have created productions with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and their international hits include Trsitan & Yseult and Brief Encounter. The multi-award winning creative team is led by Emma Rice, Kneehigh Theatre’s joint artistic director. Known for her ‘remarkably inventive, eye-catching theatricality’ (San Francisco Chronicle), Emma’s credits include The Red Shoes, Don John, Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult.

Rebecca appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday to Saturday, May 11 to 16. Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal box office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk