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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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Book tickets

Limited tickets


A National Theatre and Northern Stage Production 

Written by Sarah Gordon

Directed by Natalie Ibu


“Reader, I think you know who’s 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.

If a performance is sold out, email or call 0191 230 5151 to be added to our waiting list.

Running time

2hrs 15mins (including interval)


Stage 1

Northern Stage
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne

Access Performances

Audio described

  • Thu 20 Jun, 7:30 pm


  • Fri 21 Jun, 7:30 pm
  • Sat 22 Jun, 2:00 pm

Relaxed performance

  • Sat 22 Jun, 2:00 pm

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Production Photos and Reviews


★★★★★  An evening of theatre as joyously invigorating as a brisk walk over the Yorkshire Moors”  iNews

★★★★ “Raucously funny new play” London Theatre

★★★★ “A typically kick-ass Northern Stage production” – The Express

★★★★ “a compelling tale of sisterly rivalries” – The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “sensational and shocking evening of theatre” – West End Best Friend

★★★★ “utterly captivating” – All That Dazzles

★★★★ “an awful lot of fun” – The Arts Dispatch




Gemma Whelan

Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Charlotte Brontë

Adele James

Adele James (Queen Cleopatra) as Emily Brontë

Rhiannon Clements

Rhiannon Clements (Hollyoaks) as Anne Brontë

James Phoon

James Phoon (Bridgerton) as Branwell Brontë/Ensemble

Nick Blakeley

Nick Blakeley as Mrs Ingham/Elizabeth Gaskell/Ensemble

Julian Moore-Cook

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

Kwaku Mills

Kwaku Mills as Tabby/Cunliffe/Ensemble

Adam Donaldson

Adam Donaldson as Thomas Newby/Mr Brocklehurst/Ensemble

Creative Team

Playwright Sarah Gordon

Director Natalie Ibu

Movement Director Ingrid Mackinnon

Associate Movement Director Ana Beatriz Meireles

Set and Costume Designer Grace Smart

Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr

Sound Designer & Additional Music Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Staff Director Natasha Haws

Casting Director Naomi Downham

Interpreter for BSL performances: Sue Lee

Age and Content Guidance

Suitable for ages 14+

This production contains themes of grief/death and addiction. It includes depictions of attempted suicide that some may find distressing.

Join us as we celebrate the lives and legacies of the Brontë sisters, whose work blazed a trail in English Literature – breaking down barriers and forcing a space for themselves in a system built to exclude them.

You can enjoy a series of events surrounding and celebrating Underdog: The Other Other Brontë, which we’ve co-produced with National Theatre, running from 7 to 22 June.

A collage of a woman, with bits of text, flowers and material.The inside of a book shop. Text reads

All the Women We Could Have Been - Exhibition

Learn More No Ticket Required
The inside of a book shop. Text reads

The Bound - Book Market

Learn More No Ticket Required
Eliza Clark. Text reads

Eliza Clark - Penance

Stage 2
Amanda White Bookmark

Grab some merch to commemorate your visit! 

We’ve teamed up with the Brontë Parsonage Museum to celebrate the show. From bookmarks and brooches to badges, pencils and rubbers, you can grab a token to showcase your love for the literary legends.

Order your merch online now or from our box office when you visit for Underdog.

Plus, you can pre-order a physical or digital copy of the programme here, too.

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.


We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the 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.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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