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Norwich Theatre Present: Ockham's Razor


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Classic literature, physical theatre and circus collide in Tess; a groundbreaking adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

An inventive and evocative retelling, Tess has extraordinary relevance for contemporary audiences, exploring privilege, class, poverty, female desire and sisterhood.

Against a backdrop of projections, the cast wield wooden planks, climb shifting walls and move through ropes and swathes of linen to evoke the vast landscapes and interior worlds of Hardy’s Wessex.

‘Ockham’s Razor have created something authentically fresh. Charming, frightening, mesmerising and heartbreaking – my favourite show of the year’
Bristol 247

‘A coming together of talents to make something quite special out of one of the cornerstones of the literary canon. The sheer level of talent and ingenuity displayed by the cast brings us to our feet’
StageTalk ★★★★★

Please note: A part of the auditorium is being sold by Norwich Theatre. If you would like to see their available seats visit Norwich Theatre.

Important information

Age guidance: 12+

Duration: 2 hours + an interval

Access: For any access requirements, please visit Norwich Theatre or call 01603 630 000.



Under 26's: £3 off bands A and B

Groups: 10% off groups of 20+, 20% off groups of 40+ and 25% off groups of 80+

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21 May

07:30 pm

£10.00 - £25.00


22 May

07:30 pm

£10.00 - £25.00

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