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Gemma Whelan, Adele James and Rhiannon Clements in red dresses against a red backdrop. White text reads Underdog The Other Other Brontë.

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

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A National Theatre and Northern Stage Production 

Written by Sarah Gordon

Directed by Natalie Ibu


Reader, I think you know who is most quotable

Charlotte Brontë has a confession to make about how one sister became an idol, and the other became known as the third sister. You know the one. No, not that one. The other, other one… Anne.

This is not a story about well-behaved women.

This is a story about the power of words. It’s about sisters and sisterhood, love and jealousy, support and competition.

Directed by Northern Stage Artistic Director Natalie Ibu (The White Card), Sarah Gordon’s (The Edit) new play is an irreverent retelling of the life and legend of the Brontë sisters, and the story of the sibling power dynamics that shaped their uneven rise to fame.

General booking opens 9 November. Members priority booking opens 24 October.

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Stage 1

Northern Stage
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne


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Gemma Whelan as Charlotte Brontë

Adele James  as Emily Brontë

Rhiannon Clements as Anne Brontë

Nick Blakeley as Mrs Ingham/Elizabeth Gaskell/Ensemble

Adam Donaldson as Thomas Newby/Mr Brocklehurst/Ensemble

Kwaku Mills as Tabby/Cunliffe/Ensemble

Julian Moore-Cook as George Smith/Mr Heger/Ensemble

James Phoon as Branwell Brontë/Ensemble


Creative Team

Movement Director Nadia Iftkhar

Set and Costume Designer Grace Smart

Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr

Sound Designer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Casting Director Naomi Downham

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There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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