Mary Rose by J. M. Barrie

Conn Artists Theatre Company in association with Worthing Theatres and Museum present:

Mary Rose by J. M. Barrie

A spellbindingly beautiful ghost story about time, love and loss from the creator of Peter Pan. Touring from the Connaught Theatre, Worthing in Spring 2021.

An old, tiny Sussex manor house standing empty and for sale is haunted by the ghost of a young woman who once lived there.

37 years earlier a 12-year-old girl by the name of Mary Rose goes missing on a small island in the Outer Hebrides whilst on holiday with her parents. A month later she mysteriously returns unaware that she has been away for any length of time.

Years later, Mary Rose returns to the same island with her young husband and disappears for a second time. After the passage of 23 years, when her family have come to terms with her loss, she reappears yet again but by now her parents, husband and her child have all aged whilst Mary Rose has remained just the same as the day she vanished.

In this hauntingly beautiful play, from the creator of Peter Pan, comes an exploration of time, love and loss. These timeless themes are given a thrilling revival with a fresh treatment in the trademark style of Conn Artists; with an ensemble cast of five actors, and featuring some of Barrie’s own inspiring stage directions as interwoven pieces of narrative, original live music, a digital soundscape, and a bold reimagining of the ‘traditional’ set design, all creating what living, modern theatre does best.

Mary Rose, spanning a period of over thirty years, will leave you spellbound by its mystical nature and moved by its deepest yearnings to be reunited with the ones we love.

Running time: 2 hours approx. (plus a 20 minute interval)


“A riveting example of ensemble theatre at its very best.” ★★★★★ (The Argus on Silas Marner)

“Strong, vivid and emotional story telling.” ★★★★ (Remote Goat on Silas Marner)

“This new touring production from Worthing company Conn Artists has made regional theatre feel in ruder health overnight.” ★★★★ (The Stage on The Four Men) / Facebook / Twitter / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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