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A must-see revival of Emlyn Williams' powerful 1938 play

In 2023, Independent Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary year and is kicking off its exciting new season with Emlyn Williams' classic Welsh tale The Corn Is Green. Tickets are now on sale for this strictly limited season at the Little Theatre, The University of Adelaide.

The Corn Is Green is a semi-autobiographical 1937 play by Welsh dramatist and actor Emlyn Williams. The classic tale centres on L.C. Moffat, a strong-willed English school teacher in a poverty-stricken coal mining village in late 19th-century Wales. Despite facing great opposition, Miss Moffat is determined to help young local miners out of poverty by teaching them to read and write.

Miss Moffat inherits a house in a Welsh mining village in 1895. She decides to set up a school for local children to get them out of the mines. In doing so, she discovers Morgan Evans - a young man of outstanding promise - and prepares him for a scholarship to Oxford.

The acclaimed play premiered in London at the Duchess Theatre in September 1938 with Sybil Thorndike as Miss Moffat and Williams himself portraying schoolboy Morgan Evans.

The original 1940 Broadway production starred Ethel Barrymore as Miss Moffat and was followed by a 1945 film adaptation with Bette Davis as Miss Moffat. The Corn Is Green was later re-made in 1979 as a made-for-television movie, directed by George Cukor, starring Katharine Hepburn as Miss Moffat.

And just last year, the National Theatre in London staged a new production starring Nicola Walker as Miss Moffat, directed by Dominic Cooke.

This hugely uplifting and entertaining play is a testament to the power of education to liberate disadvantaged children. Don't miss Independent Theatre's upcoming production of The Corn is Green in a new translation by Charlotte Pyke, John Kerr and Joseph Blatchley and directed by Rob Croser.

Choose from the following performances:

  • April 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 at 7.30 pm

  • Matinees Sun 19 at 4.00 pm, Sat 15 at 2.00 pm

  • Early Mon 10, Tues 11 at 6.30 pm
  • WeekendNotes subscribers can take advantage of an exclusive discount offer: USE THE CODEWORD 'NOTES' AND RECEIVE $5 OF ADULT AND CONCESSION TICKETS.

    Secure your tickets today at BOOK NOW.

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    Presented by arrangement with ORiGiN Australia, on behalf of Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company.
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    When: Saturday 8 April 2023 - Saturday 15 April 2023
    Where: Little Theatre Adelaide, University Union House Gate 10, Victoria Drive, Adelaide South Australia 5000
    Cost: $22.00 - $40.00
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