TJ Holmes appears in the world première production of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, adapted and directed by Emma Rice. The show is a co-production with the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal.
The production opens at Bristol Old Vic on 20 October, with previews from 11 October, and runs until 6 November, with livestreamed performances 3 – 6 November.
It then transfers to York Theatre Royal, 9 – 20 November, and runs at the National Theatre in February and March 2022 before touring to Cornwall and Norwich, in addition to the previously announced dates in Salford, Nottingham, Sunderland and Edinburgh.
You’re starring in Wise Children’s tour of Wuthering Heights, what can you tell us about this adaptation?
I’m delighted to be a part of such a powerful production. It’s both epic and intimately human. A cosy night out this ain’t, but it feels deeply, rages brightly and holds a poignant hope amid the wreckage!
What has impressed you the most about the way Emma Rice has translated the classic story for the stage?
Emma’s adaptation reveals a relish for the Gothic melodrama of Brontë’s novel, while bringing out contemporary resonances which will really make it hit home for our audiences. She has also found moments of comedy and great beauty, so watching the show will be a rich experience
And what’s it been like working with Emma Rice and Wise Children?
In the wake of such difficult times, it’s just a joy to be getting creative with this brilliant bunch of people.
What have you found most challenging about taking on the role of Robert?
Alongside my role as one-scene-wonder, Robert, I’m playing lots of music in the show, and Ian Ross’s score carries us from deep tenderness to songs that will rock the house. Probably the most spicy challenge for me, though, has been stepping up to the show’s fantastic choreography.
What are you looking forward to most about touring to such prestigious venues, including the National Theatre?
Never having played at the National before, this will be a thrill, and it’ll be brilliant to get out on the road again and share this cracking story with people up and down the country.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Wuthering Heights?
If you’re after an evening of charming period drama, our Wuthering Heights might come as a bit of a shock. But, if you want a dark feast for the senses, if you hope to be thrilled, devastated and moved, join us and let’s run wild!