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Inherit the Wind is at the New Vic Theatre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Inherit The Wind.

Inherit The Wind.

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Nearly forty professional and community actors will be bringing Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee's classic to the theatre-in-the-round this summer.

Inherit the Wind will be at the New Vic Theatre from Saturday, May 31 until Saturday, June 14 under the direction of Peter Leslie Wild.

Inspired by real-life events in 1925 Tennessee, Inherit the Wind sees an unassuming high school teacher find himself at the centre of a worldwide controversy.

On a scorching hot day in the small, Bible-Belt town of Hillsboro, biology teacher Bertram Cates stands accused. His crime? Teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his children.

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Joining 16 professional actors on stage is a cast of community actors drawn from the New Vic's Youth Theatre and Borderlines programme, which works with some of Staffordshire's most disadvantaged people.

Tickets for Inherit the Wind, priced £12 to £21 (concessions available), are available by calling the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.

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