New Vic Theatre Mark 150th Anniversary Of Arnold Bennett With ‘Anna Of The Five Towns’

The New Vic Theatre marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of local literary legend Arnold Bennett from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June with a new adaptation of his most-loved novel, Anna of The Five Towns.

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew and directed by Conrad Nelson, the play tells the absorbing love story of a spirited young woman, set against the backdrop of life in the Potteries.

Anna Tellwright’s 21st birthday brings with it newfound responsibilities, wealth and a suitor for her heart.

Courted by desirable bachelor Henry Mynors, Anna struggles to gain her independence. She finds herself torn between trying to please her tyrannical father and a desire to help young Willie Price and his family from the brink of ruin.

As pressure mounts, and tragedy strikes, can Anna discover where her heart truly lies before it’s too late?

The cast features Rosie Abraham (The Grapes of Wrath, Nuffield Theatre; Diana of Dobson’s, New Vic Theatre), Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger, Southwark Playhouse; The Book of Mormon, West End), Lucy Bromilow, Susie Emmett (Inherit the Wind, New Vic Theatre; Absent Friends, London Classic Theatre), Andrew Price (She Stoops to Conquer, Northern Broadsides), Molly Roberts (The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre), Benedict Shaw (Another Yalta, Octagon Theatre Bolton) and Robin Simpson (Beryl, New Vic Theatre; Chamaco, Home Theatre).

A community chorus of singers from Staffordshire’s The Phoenix Singers complete the Company.

Tickets for Anna of The Five Towns are priced from £14.00 to £23.50 (concessions available) and can be booked online at and by telephoning Box Office on 01782 717962. A transaction fee of £1.00 per ticket applies when booking online.

Anna of The Five Towns Press Performance:

Wednesday 31 May, 7.30pm


Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm (excluding Monday 29 May, Thursday 1, Monday 5 and Wednesday 14 June)

Matinees on Saturday 10, Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 June, 2.15pm

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Matthew has been writing for the past 5 years about music, sports and movies and has now finally got his chance to write about theatre. Having previously worked for the likes of Kerrang and Uncut, as well as previously having a radio show for 6 Towns, he has interviewed hundreds of bands throughout his career.

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