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Mary Barton
Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781854599513Publication Date:
7 Sep 2006
Size: 198mm x 130mm
Ebook, 112 pages ISBN: 9781788501477Publication Date:
24 Oct 2019
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Exchange, Manchester, 2006

Mary Barton (stage version)

By Elizabeth Gaskell Adapted by Rona Munro


Ebook £9.99£7.99

Elizabeth Gaskell's panoramic novel of Victorian England, adapted for the stage by the author of Iron and The James Plays.

Manchester in the 1840s. By day, Mary Barton works in a dress shop making gowns for the daughters of the newly moneyed mill owners. By night, Mary aspires to join their class. As she strives to better herself, murder, intrigue and romance take over her life and the lives of those she loves.

Fast-paced, epic and exciting, Mary Barton presents a panorama of Manchester life from the mill owners' new prosperity to the thousands of ordinary people living and dying in their factories.

Rona Munro's adaptation of Mary Barton was premiered at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, in 2006.

Press Quotes

'Full of heat and passion, Munro's filleted version retains both Gaskell's beady eye for detail and her compassion for all humanity'


'Powerful... Manchester's dark history in riveting microcosm'

The Times
Paperback,112 pages ISBN: 9781854599513Publication Date:
7 Sep 2006
Size: 198mm x 130mm
Ebook,112 pages ISBN: 9781788501477Publication Date:
24 Oct 2019
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Rona Munro:

Little Eagles
The Astronaut's Chair
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
The Last Witch
Bold Girls
James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
Scottish Shorts
James IV: Queen of the Fight
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
James II: Day of the Innocents
Strawberries in January
The James Plays
The Maiden Stone
Saturday at the Commodore
The Basement Flat
Your Turn to Clean the Stair
Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue
James V: Katherine
The House of Bernarda Alba
Long Time Dead
James III: The True Mirror
The Indian Boy

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