Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 and 2

“He always remembered the appearance of the afternoon on which he awoke from his dream.”

Apr 12 – May 5, 2012

Written by Thomas Hardy

Directed by Jerome Davis

Adapted by Ian Finley, Jerome Davis and Bruce Benedict

Review the calendar to compare show dates for Part 1 and Part 2

A play in two parts.  In Part 1 Thomas Hardy’s magnificent final novel will be staged for the first time ever on a stage, in a musical adaptation.  Young Jude Fawley, born into poverty, becomes convinced through the presence of a teacher in his young life, that anything is possible.  He sets out to raise himself above his position and climb the highest heights.  Along the way, the love of his life, Sue Bridehead, will change his thinking about everything.  Beautiful, Victorian era music will figure prominently.

In Part 2, this musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s final novel, Jude, now grown to manhood, is working to make a life for himself and his young wife.  But two ghosts from his past continue to haunt him, and two dreams of the future continue to both entice him and stand in his way.


“The downwardly mobile in Burning Coal’s musical Jude the Obscure, Part II”  by Tom Elrod for Indy Week

“Burning Coal’s “Jude the Obscure” Is a Two-Part Musical Adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Novel” by Robert W McDowell for Triangle Arts and Entertainment 

“Burning Coal Theatre Presents World Premiere of JUDE THE OBSCURE” by Broadway World Raleigh


Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Watch the Trailer