Cult hit improvised comedy Austentatious gets its West End premiere later this year following its sell-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and major UK tour. The production will have three dates only – on Tuesday 5 December 2017, 23 January and 13 February 2018 – at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre (currently home to Broadway musical revival Annie at other performance times).
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that anyone in possession of wit and good taste must be in want of great entertainment…
Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country’s sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Whether you’ve read all of Austen’s works or none of them, this hilarious show will be a totally new experience.
This social event of the season is performed in full Regency costume with live musical accompaniment. All performances are inspired by the work of Jane Austen – but no two shows are ever the same. Previous ’lost’ Austen masterpieces brought to the stage by the company have included The Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Shark and Double 0 Darcy. Expect witty heroines, dashing gents and preposterous plots. Swooning guaranteed.
Ed Bartlam, of producers Underbelly Productions, said:
“Austentatious has been one of the most successful and best-loved shows we’ve worked with in both Edinburgh and on the South Bank in recent years, so it’s a huge privilege to be able to bring them to a West End audience for the first time. It’s their biggest production ever but, as the great lady herself said: ‘One cannot have too large a party’, so bring it on.”
This summer, Austentatious recorded a one-off special for BBC Radio 4 and returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their sixth consecutive sell-out run. Since their first show in a London pub in 2011, they have traveled the UK, selling out four national tours and performing over 400 ‘lost’ novels. They won the Chortle Award for ‘Best Character, Improv or Sketch Group’ in 2014 and were named ‘Best Improvised Comedy Act’ in 2016’s What’s On London Comedy Awards.
In other significant Austen milestones, 2017 marks 200 years since the publication of both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both released a few months after Jane Austen’s death in 1817. Austentatious’ West End shows follow with their autumn national tour, which runs from 22 September to 23 November 2017.
The Austentatious company said:
“Where better to spend the night with one’s most favourite and wittiest friends than at the Piccadilly Theatre? Let literary mischief commence…”