Gentleman Jack

Event Details

  • From: 07/07/2023
  • To: 15/07/2023
  • Starting at: 07:45 PM
  • Ending at: 09:45 PM

  • Matinee: 08/07/2023
  • Starting at: 02:30 PM
  • Ending at: 04:30 PM


  • Main Auditorium
  • North Street, Bromley, BR1 1SB

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Explores adult themes and contains scenes of sexual intimacy

Gentleman Jack

Adapted from the diaries of Ann Lister by Ross McGregor

Directed by Stevie Hughes

Landowner, mountaineer, industrialist and all-round, general virago, Anne Lister is a feminist icon for the age. Gentleman Jack draws upon Anne’s own copious diaries. It explores her relationships with family, servants, tenants and business rivals and is a remarkable and an unlikely love story.

In 1832, after years of exotic travel, Anne Lister returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire at the height of the industrial revolution. Determined to transform her faded, ancestral home, Shibden Hall to its former glory, Anne needs money, so decides to re-open her coal mines and/or marry well. But this isn’t just another Regency romance; charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Anne Lister has no intention of marrying a man. For Anne was an enthusiastic lesbian and had set her sights on the wealthy but somewhat unworldly socialite, Ann Walker!

Every part of Anne Lister’s story is based on historical fact, recorded and encrypted in the four million words of her diaries. The encryption was recently deciphered, revealing the most intimate details of her life and thoughts, some of which have been dramatized here.

NOTE: This version of Gentleman Jack is not an adaptation of the BBC TV series starring Suranne Jones – it is an entirely fresh interpretation.


Always intelligent, sensitive and profound ★★★★ London Pub Theatres

Told in such an honest and moving way …, it makes for unmissable theatre ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions

A fascinating story brought to life with sensitivity and more than a little humour, it makes for an evening that’s as enlightening as it is entertaining. Theatre Things



John ListerSimon Holland
Arthur BurrellChris Raven
Anne Lister (Adult)Alison Brougham
Anne Lister (Young)Daniela Mansi
Christopher RawsonJames Strange
Ann WalkerSophie Gissing
Isabella (‘Tib’) NorcliffeIzzy Willis
Mariana BelcombeElizabeth Rochester


Stage Manager, ArmourerRoss Taggart
Assistant Stage ManagerMoy McGowan
Assistant Stage ManagerLaura Brooker
)  Jay Tarrant
Lighting/)  Xavier
Sound operation)  Sathu Lehtonen
)  Andy Stewart


Stevie Hughes and Pauline Armour
)  Ross Taggart
Set  Construction)  Richard Gissing
)  Stevie Hughes
Costume                    Pauline Armour
Sound & Music
All music by Stevie Hughes except
  Sarabande (Malcom Arnold) and
  Gloria Bell (Matthew Herbert)
Lighting                                 Dave Jones
Stevie Hughes
Intimacy coach
Ros Thomas (itaobrien.com)
Photography                   Robert Piwko
Publicity  Jessica-Ann Jenner