Project Description


‘Arcadia does what the theatre at its best should do; it entertains, moves, educates and inspires
enthusiasm for the subject. If it’s playing at a theatre near you, go and see it’

London Theatre1


‘McIntyre is a skilled director’

The Finical Times


‘An undiluted pleasure to experience’


‘A play that charms, instructs and delights in equal measure’

The Guardian

In a stately home in 19th century rural Derbyshire, secret desires and professional rivalries take hold of the residents of Sidley Park. The daughter of the house, Thomasina Coverly, is a bright and talented pupil tutored by Byron’s friend Septimus Hodge, who makes a starling discovery well ahead of her time. In the present day academics Hannah Jarvis and Bernard Nightingale attempt to piece together the fragments of truth that tell her story.

Arcadia explores the delicate relationship between past and present, and is a witty and absorbing portrait of two generations of an aristocratic family as the focus moves from 1809 too now, and back to the past.

This production will be the first major national tour since 1993, and over 20 years since the play has been seen by audiences around the UK.


Writer – Tom Stoppard
Director – Blanch McIntyre
Designer – Jonathan Fensom
Lighting Designer – Johanna Town
Sound Designer – Gregory Clarke
Dialect – Nick Trumble
Fight Director – Keith Wallis
Casting Director – Ellie Collyer-Bristow
Assistant Director – Kirsty Patrick Ward
Costume Supervisor – Lorraine Ebdon
Assistant Costume Supervisor – Fiona Parker
Advertising & Marketing – Mark Slaughter for makesthree
Press & Publicity – Kate Morley PR


Kirsty Besterman
Robert Cavanah
Tom Greaves
Ed MacArthur
Charlie Manton
David Mara
Flora Montgomery
Dakota Blue Richards
Wilf Scolding
Larrington Walker
Ria Zmitrowicz

Produced for and on behalf of English Touring Theatre & the Ambassador Theatre Group