The adaptation was good with the story starting at the dairy and Tess' younger life told in flashback. The only criticism being that this make the story a little slow to start and you were thrown in halfway through the story without really understanding Tess or Angel's characters. When Angel leaves Tess on their wedding night the build up of his character had not been enough for you to understand how much her actions as a child were against his principles.
The performers , Poppy Tierney (Tess), Jonahan Monks (Angel) and Alasdair Harvey (Alec D'Uberville) played their parts well and have excellent voices. The ensemble were stong and the trio of Gemma Sandy, Dianne Pilkington and Catherone Debenham-Taylor particluarly worked well together. It is a shame that the music did not offer more opportunity to show the full capabilities of the actors. Tess can't decide whether it is a musical, opera or ballet. The music is more suited to ballet, the singing style opera and yet it fits neither genre and musical fans will find it doesn't fit that genre either.
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