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Mary Barton (stage version), Paperback / softback Book

Mary Barton (stage version) Paperback / softback


Set in Manchester between 1837-42, Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel paints a powerful and moving picture of working-class life in Victorian England.

It concerns Mary Barton, a millworker's daughter, anxious to rise through the ranks, and her father, who commits murder to thwart her ambition - an episode based on the actual murder in 1831 of a progressive millowner.

Like its companion novel, "North and South", "Mary Barton" offers a stirring narrative with real insight into the lives of the Victorian working classes: it was published the same year, 1848, as the "Communist Manifesto".

Rona Munro, already well-known for a strand of gritty realism in plays such as "Iron", set in a women's prison, has been commissioned by the prestigious Manchester Royal Exchange to adapt "Mary Barton" for their impressive theatre-in-the-round.

It opens in September 2006.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9781854599513

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