The Hardy Players
The Hardy Players are an amateur dramatic society in Dorchester, Dorset, who adapted and staged the works of Thomas Hardy, with input from Thomas Hardy himself, between 1908 and 1924.
The Hardy Players are of national and regional importance due to the unique position they hold amongst amateur dramatic societies. Their programme for the adaptation and staging of Hardy's works is a remarkable and sustained example of the appropriation of a major literary figure by the community and region that inspired him, carried on with his full knowledge and consent and sometimes with his direct participation.
A Heritage Lottery Funded project enabled the Dorset County Museum to acquire, interpret, conserve and publicly display a large collection of the Hardy Players’ working papers and records, which otherwise would have been lost to private collectors in the USA.