News | March 27, 2024

World Premiere of New Bröntes Play Opens at National Theatre

Northern Stage

Underdog - The Other Other Bronte starring (left to right) Rhiannon Clements as Anne, Gemma Whelan as Charlotte, Adele James as Emily


Sarah Gordon’s new play Underdog: The Other Other Brontë is an irreverent retelling of the lives and legend of English literature’s famed Brontë sisters which opens tonight at the National Theatre's Dorfman theatre in London. 

Running through May 25, it is a co-production with Northern Stage, helmed by their Artistic Director Natalie Ibu in her National Theatre directing debut. The play is about sisterhood, jealousy, the power of words and the sibling dynamics that shaped the Brontës' uneven rise to fame.

The show stars Rhiannon Clements (Hollyoaks), Adele James (Queen Cleopatra) and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as the Brontë sisters, alongside Nick Blakeley, Julian Moore-Cook, Adam Donaldson, Kwaku Mills and James Phoon.

Following its world premiere in the Dorfman theatre, Underdog: The Other Other Brontë will play at Northern Stage in Newcastle Upon Tyne June 7 - 22.