Felix Holt: The Radical
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Last year the North Warwickshire market town of Nuneaton came into the political spotlight as it was seen as a barometer for political opinion in the General Election and later Jeremy Corbyn chose Nuneaton to launch his leadership bid. In the recent Brexit vote almost three quarters of the once labour stronghold voted to leave the EU. This is not the first time that Nuneaton has been the setting for political turmoil. 150 years ago George Eliot published Felix Holt: The Radical a novel set around the 1832 Reform Act, the fictional town of Treby Magna was based on the Nuneaton that George Eliot grew up in and the political riots that featured in the novel are based on real events that Eliot would have witnessed. Sudden Impulse Theatre Company also come from Nuneaton and despite the 150 years since publication the story of a disenfranchised population who do not feel truly represented by their MPs has particular relevance today. In an exciting new production to celebrate the anniversary year the riots are coming to Edinburgh for an unforgettable performance. Written by Vivienne Wood and directed by Simon Winterman.

This event is also supported by the George Eliot Fellowship and with each ticket you will get a free anniversary copy of the George Eliot novel to take home.

5* Fringeguru at Buxton Fringe 2015: "a tour-de-force performance of a much-loved and highly engaging script... a masterclass in characterisation"