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Hard Times - 2010 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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From childhood, Louisa and Tom Gradgrind were trained to shun emotion, imagination, passion – to put their trust in Cold Hard Facts. Now faced with a loveless marriage and a life devoid of dreams, Louisa has begun to wonder – has something inside her been maimed? In Stephen Jeffreys’ whirlwind adaptation of Dickens’ saga – crowded with eccentric circus performers, shrewd businessmen, cunning widows, and downtrodden workers – we find that even in the darkest industrial landscape, honesty, loyalty, joy, and love abound…and the human heart will not be silenced forever.


Running Time:

3 hours, with one intermission

Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II

About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
131 West 55th Street


by Team BWW - May 9, 2022
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“The medieval world can be a brutal and bloody place and in it there are a thousand horrible ways to die,” are the words renowned British historian and author Dan Jones (“Secrets of Great British Castles,” “Britain’s Bloody Crown”) shares during the introduction to Max Creeps’ “Hung Drawn And Quartered (1424)” video ( The song, and accompanying clip, serve as the final preview of the legendary duo’s debut album Nein (May 13, Velocity Records), finding the iconic pair of P.C. Bullshit and Max Blastic re-enacting a duel to the most gruesome of deaths.
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by Team BWW - May 19, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022
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by Team BWW - Jun 3, 2022
Our Theatre Shop features all of your favorite original Broadway-themed designs, plus designs from over 30 hit Broadway shows. The shop is a partnership between BroadwayWorld and The Araca Group. The newest arrivals feature merchandise from from shows eligible for voting in the 2022 Theater Fans' Choice Awards.
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022
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Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have today announced the complete cast and creative team for Corrina, Corrina, a new play by award-winning Liverpool-based playwright Chloe Moss (Run Sister, Run, Love Liverpool), directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan (Metamorphoses).
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by Timoth David Copney - Apr 6, 2022
Pretty Woman, The Musical has shimmered onto the stage at Baltimore's Hippodrome and landed squarely on it's Jimmy Choo'd feet. A bold and brassy tune fest, it's an homage to the 1990 film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and this version's cast is definitely up to the inevitable comparisons.
by Michael Major - Apr 5, 2022
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by A.A. Cristi - Apr 4, 2022
Duluth Playhouse brings the award-winning Broadway musical A Year With Frog and Toad TYA to life at the Family Theatre April 23rd through May 1st.
by Michael Major - Apr 28, 2022
‘Changes’ is where we go to when trying to escape hard times through good music, featuring ionnalee’s trademark captivating vocals that interweave lyrical nods towards artists that played a part in Lee’s musical development; such as David Bowie, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, and The Knife, amongst others.
by Michael Major - Apr 28, 2022
Max Creeps, the legendary punk forefathers who recently announced their break-up, reunion, and debut album, Nein, have released a black and white performance video for “The Internet Killed Me,' showcasing the duo’s pre-hardcore chops. Pre-order the new album now! Plus, check out upcoming tour dates.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 22, 2022
Duluth Playhouse proudly announces Opening Night for the award-winning Broadway musical A Year With Frog and Toad TYA at the Family Theatre Saturday April 23rd.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022
With performances beginning April 23rd, Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre and Nightclub Cantata LLC, by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, will present  Elizabeth Swados’ 1977 breakout sensation Nightclub Cantata, a provocative, eclectic and heralded theatrical creation rarely seen since its inception decades ago. 
by Michael Major - Apr 20, 2022
Max Creeps, the punk pioneers whose recently confirmed reunion and subsequent album news (Nein, arriving May 13 via Velocity Records) led to a global celebration, have announced a 36-date U.S. trek. Check out the full list of tour dates now!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022
The Washington Stage Guild will conclude its 2021-2022 season with Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by D.W. Gregory. The play, which had its world premiere at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival in 2018, takes place in the Stalinist Soviet Union, where a man’s inability to forget those whom the government has “erased” becomes increasingly problematic for him and his family.
by Michael Major - Apr 15, 2022
Produced by Oran Thornton (Angaleena Presley, Logan Brill) and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, What Else Can She Do tells the stories of women—those who are lost, struggling, angry and scared, but who remain resilient through it all. Listen to the new album now! Plus, check out upcoming tour dates.
by Michael Major - Apr 15, 2022
Blues isn’t just twelve bars and a hard luck story. On his debut record, Hard Times and a Woman, guitarist and songwriter Justin Golden showcases the full breadth of the genre and its downstream influences, everything from country blues to Americana, soul, indie roots and beyond. Listen to the new album now!
by Jared Fessler - Apr 14, 2022
Becky Gulsvig is singer, actor, and dancer who grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota where she found her passion for theatre. She now resides in New York and has appeared in the original Broadway cast of Legally Blonde, School of Rock, Hairspray, and most recently Come From Away, as well as many other regional productions.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022
The 17th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has announced its September program titled Tutti Frutti Tennessee Williams.  The 2022 roster will feature six plays by Tennessee Williams, the first time the Festival will feature an All-Williams lineup since their first year in 2006.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022
Billy Porter is set to direct an episode of Fox’s upcoming anthology drama series “Accused.”
by Stephi Wild - Apr 1, 2022
Written by actress Maxine Peake, Beryl tells the remarkable true story of unsung champion cyclist Beryl Burton. This inspirational tour-de-force is fuelled by rhubarb, northern charm and fierce determination.

Hard Times Frequently Asked Questions

What productions of Hard Times have their been?
Hard Times has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2010.