Culture at Cinema: Jane Eyre

From left, Laura Elphinstone, Maggie Tagney, Felix Hayes, Simone Saunders and Craig Edwards in the National Theatre’s production of ‘Jane Eyre.’ - Photo: Manuel Harlan

Cinema goers aged 18 years and older can watch a screening of the world-class theater production of “Jane Eyre” this weekend.

Originally staged by the National Theatre in London earlier this year, Culture at the Cinema is screening this daringly re-imagined version of Charlotte Brontë’s classic at Regal Cinemas, Camana Bay on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. with a 20-minute intermission for the sale of drinks, ice-creams and snacks before finishing at 11:30 p.m. Patrons are allowed to take their drinks back to their seats.

Charlotte Bronte, author of 'Jane Eyre.'
Charlotte Bronte, author of ‘Jane Eyre.’

Described by the Daily Telegraph as “Original, engaging and unexpectedly funny. Full of intelligent detail,” the latest version of the play, directed by Sally Cookson, centers on the penniless and often friendless orphan Jane Eyre.

Part bildungsroman, part Gothic horror story, the eponymous heroine rather than being cowered by social convention, rallies against poverty, injustice and class prejudices to transcend her narrowly proscribed destiny and embrace life and love on her own terms.

Unsentimental and lacking in the frivolity of many other heroine-focused novels of her day, in Jane Eyre, Brontë gives us a rather ordinary antagonist with an extraordinary will.

Widely regarded as a literary tour de force, this bold and dramatically different interpretation of the 170-year-old novel portrays one female’s right to self-determination in a highly stratified and patriarchal world.


“Jane Eyre” tickets, available from the Regal Cinema box office, cost $40 each with the package including a complimentary glass of bubbles or soft drink, a program and access to the fully licensed Theatre Bar at Ortanique Restaurant. Programs for the one-night-only screening are available through the National Theatre Backstage App.

Director Sally Cookson's lauded production of 'Jane Eyre' will be shown at Regal Camana Bay on Saturday.
Director Sally Cookson’s lauded production of ‘Jane Eyre’ will be shown at Regal Camana Bay on Saturday.

“With such a small population, we are limited in what we can achieve here on island; however, we are proud to be able to bring these events to Cayman on a monthly basis,” said Simon Watson of the Camana Bay Stadium 6. He also mentioned that those signing up for the Culture at the Cinema mailing list via its website will receive 10 percent off the ticket price.

For patrons wanting to enjoy a pre-theater repast, Ortanique is offering a three-course meal including a glass of house wine for $45 plus 15 percent gratuity.

Run by Active Capital Ltd., an affiliate of Dart Enterprises Ltd, Culture at the Cinema brings globally-renowned theater and ballet performances to Cayman.

Sponsored by Digicel, “Jane Eyre” will be screened for free for school students in the days following the main performance.

Past Culture at the Cinema screenings have included “Hamlet,” “The Nutcracker,” “The Taming of The Shrew” and “Treasure Island.”

For further details of Saturday’s screening, the April through June schedule, and the pre-theater dinner menu options, visit