Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – whose alumni include Patrick Stewart, Daniel Day-Lewis and the late, great Pete Postlethwaite – bring the prose of  George Eliot to Dorset.

Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family.

As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men – her proud and stubborn brother Tom; hunchback Phillip Wakem, the son of her family’s worst enemy; and the charismatic yet dangerous Stephen Guest.

With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel. Playwright Helen Edmundson turns George Eliot’s unforgettable story of love and regret into a wonderfully examination of one of classic literature’s most charismatic heroines.

Wed 20 June, 7:30pm. Frampton Village Hall, DT2 9NF. 01300 320607. £10, £8 u18s

Wed 4 July, 7:30pm. Sturminster Newton Exchange, DT10 1FH. 01258 475137. £1-, £8 u18s, £32 fam

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