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Hard Times by Charles Dickens


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….

Lighthouse brings its unique theatrical style to this compelling tale of cold hearts and blazing humanity. Dickens’ masterful language, clear moral insight and vibrant colourful characters come to life in this many-layered theatrical tour de force.

“There is a love in the world. It’s not all self interest after all, but something very different…”

About Stephen Jeffreys’ adaptation:

“ The Strength of this version…is its preservation of the satiric vitality of Dickens’ original, and a real feel for the superb rhetoric of his prose” Time Out

“ Captures the volume of suppressed anger in the text, a passion whose delicate control makes a thriller out of mawkishness.” Independent

Lighthouse has delighted audiences recently with their original adaptation of Malcolm Pryce’s smash hit cult novel Aberystwyth Mon Amour, and the highly successful 30th anniversary tour of Shirley Valentine. They return to Dickens having toured Dickens’ Christmas novel The Chimes in 2014.


  • Café
  • Full disabled access
  • Free
  • Parking (charge)
  • Toilets

Public Transport Directions

RedHouse is in walking distance of the bus and train stations.


Road Directions

RedHouse is located in the centre of Merthyr Tydfil - near the main car park.