The Watermill Theatre in association with Shared Experience


by Polly Teale, directed by Nancy Meckler


We are thrilled to bring back this extraordinary play following its triumphant premiere in 2005. Brontë beautifully evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës, as the fictional characters come to haunt their creators.

It is 1845. Branwell returns home in disgrace. Plagued by alcohol and drug addiction, he has been dismissed from domestic service following an affair with the mistress of the house. As their brother descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the household, the sisters write.

How is it possible that three Victorian spinsters, living in isolation on the Yorkshire moors could have written some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time?

Brontë is directed by Nancy Meckler and written by co-Artistic Director of Shared Experience, Polly Teale, whose previous plays for the company include the highly-acclaimed Jane Eyre and After Mrs Rochester which both transferred to the West End.

Reviews / Notes

'Breathtaking... Riveting... a tantalising glimpse through the window of a uniquely haunted family home'

The Times

'Succeeds magnificently... the idea of the novelists possessed by their writing is compellingly conveyed '

The Observer