Little Women Comes to KUED
Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, created by Louisa May Alcott in her timeless novel Little Women, is brought to life in a new Masterpiece/BBC coproduction premiering on KUED Sundays, May 13 and 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father serves as a chaplain in the Union Army during the Civil War. Under the guidance of their mother, Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss, and marriage. Accompanied by the charming boy next door, Laurie Laurence, their cantankerous wealthy Aunt March, and benevolent neighbor, Mr. Laurence, Little Women is a coming-of-age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868.
Heading the cast are Academy Award nominee Emily Watson as Marmee, the devoted mother of the four adolescent March girls; Michael Gambon (Churchill’s Secret) as Mr. Laurence; and Academy Award winner Angela Lansbury as the March family matriarch, Aunt March.
The March sisters—the “little women” of the title—feature newcomer Maya Hawke as the willful and adventurous Jo; Willa Fitzgerald as the eldest and virtuous Meg; Annes Elwy as the shy sister, Beth; and Kathryn Newton as Amy, the youngest of the family.
Also appearing are Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie, the loveable boy next door; Dylan Baker as Mr. March; Julian Morris as John Brooke, Laurie’s cultured and handsome tutor; and Mark Stanley as the charming Professor Bhaer.
A celebration of family as much as it is a recognition of the challenges of growing up and forging an individual identity, Little Women remains relevant due to the universal themes at its core. Backed by a nearly all-female creative team, Thomas’ adaptation doesn’t shy away from tackling the darker, more complex emotions the March family experiences. Drawing from a novel that was well ahead of its time, Little Women speaks to current issues as much as it does to the issues women faced at the turn of the 20th century.