Vanity Fair “All is vanity, nothing is fair.”

Vanity Fair

Community Tour

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  • Dates Thu 23 Jun 2022 - Fri 08 Jul 2022
  • Location Community Tour
  • Ticket Prices

    Prices vary according to each venue – please check when booking

“Yes, this is Vanity Fair; not a moral place certainly; nor a merry one, though very noisy.”

Written by William Makepeace Thackery
Adapted by Declan Donnellan
Directed by Paul Chesterton
Production Design by Georgina Vasey

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s acting and technical cohort present a thrilling and nostalgic production of Thackeray’s hilarious satire, Vanity Fair.

Set in the early 1980s New Romantics scene of London, follow wannabe ‘It Girl’ Becky Sharp and her sweet-natured friend, Amelia Sedley, as they scale the heady heights of society and hustle through the hazardous playground for the rich and beautiful.

This roustabout of pleasure, survival, gender politics, tall tales and bigger hair is adapted for the stage by Declan Donnellan and directed by Paul Chesterton.


Thursday 23 June – Saturday 25 June at 7.30 pm

The Wickham Theatre, Bristol BS1 5NB

Please note that Wickham Theatre does not operate a bar/kiosk service. A water fountain can be found on site. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own refreshments instead.

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(B) COTSWOLD PLAYHOUSE, STROUD Wednesday 29 June at 7:30pm

Parliament St, Stroud GL5 1LW

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(C) THE EXCHANGE , STURMINSTER NEWTON Thursday 30th June at 7:30pm

Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

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(D) THE BEEHIVE, HONITON Friday 1 July at 7:30pm

Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LZ

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(E) THE DAVID HALL, SOUTH PETHERON Wednesday 6 July at 7:30pm

Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

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(F) THE THEATRE, CHIPPING NORTON Thursday 7 July at 7:30pm

2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

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(G) WEDMORE VILLAGE HALL, Wedmore Friday 8 July at 7:30pm

Cheddar Rd, Wedmore BS28 4EQ

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Becky, Narrator, Tour Guide Sophie Charlton

Miss Jemima, Narrator, Becky Anna Murphy

George, Mr Osborne, Narrator, Mr Moss Archie Fisher

Amelia, Mrs Sedley, Mrs O’Dowd, Narrator Assa Kanoute

Narrator, Mr Sedley, Dobbin Conor Doran

Dobbin, Pitt Crawley Jr, Narrator, Paul JJ, Southdown, Raggles Ephraim Sampson

Joseph, Lady Steyne, Narrator Gaia Ashwood

Mr Osborne, Narrator, Isidor, Young Georgy Kerr Louden

Rawdon, Lorne Steyne, Narrator Kurtis Thompson

Mrs Sedley, Mrs O’Dowd, Narrator, Amelia Louise O’Dowd

Mrs Pinkerton, Miss Crawley, Pauline, Glorovina, MA, Mrs Raggles, Narrator Lucy Pascoe

Narrator, Sir Pitt Crawley, Rawdon Peter Burley

Narrator Tommy Bell

Narrator Petra Joan-Athene


Director Paul Chesterton†

Assistant Director Lowri Mathias

Set and Costume Designer Georgina Vasey

Lighting Designer and Operator Willow Digweed

Sound Designer Elliot Paris-Hamilton

Choreographer Clare Fox†

Movement Director Joêl Daniel†

Musical Director Jonathan Grosberg†

Production Manager Steve O’Brien†

Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin

Production Supervisor Ruth Sidery†

Stage Manager Dan Knipe

Deputy Stage Manager Maisy Harbert

Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager Elsa Gear

Costume Supervisor Maisy Higgins

Costume Assistants Bethany Boldero, Shanice Dacres, Eleanor Duncan, Grace Green, Jo Kenney, Charly Riddett, Kimberly White, Arthur Wyatt

Hair and Make Up Chrissie Bricknell*

Prop Making Supervisor Jessica Manley

Prop Maker Lisa Viel-Vigneron

Construction Manager Andy Scrivens†

Workshop Manager Rhys Gillard*

Construction Assistants Jocelyn Chen, Iona Hicks, Muir McFadden, Sally Strong, Adrianne Broadgate, Willow Digweed, Chris Monks, David Bath, Millie Edinburgh

Scenic Artists Jo Browne, Cliff Thorne*, Georgina Vasey

* Visiting industry professional; † BOVTS staff; all other roles are fulfilled by students on the Theatre School’s production and technical courses.

The culture at BOVTS is encouraging, respectful, welcoming and empowering; the environment and buildings are beautiful and I found Bristol to be one of the most wonderful cities in which to spend summer! Lindy Yeates, Foundation Course Student