ODEON Dorchester is the first cinema in Dorset to be selling tickets to see the major film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd, which hits cinema screens nationwide on Friday May 1.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s literary classic, this timeless story of tragedy and love was written in 1874 and set in rural Dorset. The county formed the backdrop for the modern film adaptation, which was shot on-location in 2013 in key locations, including West Bay, Sherborne, Mapperton House and Forde Abbey.

Hardy’s first major literary success, it depicts the story of beautiful and independent Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors and controls her own path.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, said: “We’re delighted to be the first cinema in Dorset and the first ODEON cinema nationwide to be selling tickets for Far From the Madding Crowd. They are selling like hot cakes already!”

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, this new adaptation features collaboration between British production company DNA films, Fox Searchlight and BBC Films.

Far From the Madding Crowd reaches cinema screens nationwide on Friday May 1. Tickets are priced from £3 for performances starting before 2pm. After 2pm tickets are £3.25 for children, seniors and students and £5.25 for adults.

ODEON Dorchester is situated within the Brewery Square development and tickets can be booked by calling 0871 224 4007 or visiting www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214.