Adapted by Jeff James to combine 19th-century literature with modern-day music and clothing, this show takes two things that seem like polar opposites and smashes them together, creating a work of art.
‘It definitely is not your typical or traditional adaptation’: Sasha Frost on starring in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
We chatted to Sasha Frost about starring in the new stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s literary classic Persuasion, now at Kingston’s Rose Theatre before Alexandra Palace and Oxford Playhouse.
‘It’s just too rich a seam for artists to ever tire of exploiting it’: Isobel McArthur on Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of)
‘Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of) an affectionate, faithful re-telling of Jane Austen’s iconic novel – only, told by the servants, with karaoke.’
‘It takes you to that smashing place where you just can’t stop laughing’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE (sort of) – West End ★★★★
Every so often a little show comes along pretty much unheralded and without star casting that strikes a chord with audiences and critics alike, and ends up sticking around in the West End for years.
‘A raucous & entertaining evening from five talented women’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE (sort of) – West End
As five conspiratorial servants potter around the stage before the show proper, we know this is going to be no typical Jane Austen adaptation. This is Pride and Prejudice as you never knew it.
‘Innovative, clever but highly accessible theatre’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE (SORT OF) – West End ★★★★★
Universally acknowledged to be a hoot! It had to happen: someone had to notice that in the comfortable upper-middle and aristocratic worlds of Jane Austen’s novel, nothing could happen without the servants.
‘Surprising & endlessly entertaining affair’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) – Touring ★★★★
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) has a superbly wide frame of reference, and which is thought-provoking as well as being sheer good fun.
NEWS: Laura Wade’s The Watsons transfers to the West End
Following sold-out runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade’s The Watsons transfers to the West End in 2020. The production opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 19 May, with previews from 8 May, and runs until 26 September.
‘Delicious, clever & delectable confection’: THE WATSONS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★
Like characters in a book who never die, Laura Wade’s The Watsons at the Menier Chocolate Factory deserves to last forever.
‘There are some fabulous laughs’: THE WATSONS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★
Thus Andrew Davies sexes up Jane Austen’s Sanditon for ITV with incest, brothels and Theo James leaping on coaches, and up from Chichester, adapted a bit, here’s Laura Wade taking on the earlier Watsons.
‘Some fine comic minds at the height of their powers’: AUSTENTATIOUS – West End
A fixture in London and the Edinburgh Fringe, Austentatious is an eight-strong troupe of comic improvisers, creating a fully improvised story at each performance in the style of Jane Austen.
‘A play to put a smile on your face & warmth in your heart’: PERSUASION – Touring ★★★★★
The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield is a gem of the East Midlands theatre scene. It may be compact, but it’s perfectly formed, and the same could be said of Theatre6 and Catherine Schreiber’s production of Persuasion.
MISSED THE BOAT: Pride & Prejudice by Sara Pascoe
I love Austen’s work and am fascinated by the times in which she lived, so I managed to get to one or two things to mark the anniversary, but one show I really do wish I’d been able to include in that was Sara Pascoe’s adaptation of the classic Pride and Prejudice.
‘As light & frothy as Lydia Bennet’: AUSTEN THE MUSICAL – Touring
The problem is, this was a play as light and frothy as Lydia Bennet, while what I want is a Lizzie.
‘Showcasing Austen’s wit & spirit in perpetuity’: AUSTEN THE MUSICAL – Touring
Touring show Austen The Musical follows Jane from the beginning of her writing career and throws a spotlight on the potential suitors who informed her later work.
What can you expect from a new musical about Jane Austen?
A new musical about Jane Austen launches a UK tour this month. Austen The Musical is a celebration of one of the best known British authors, taking audiences on a journey to discover the woman behind some of the best-known novels in English literature.
NEWS: 200 years after Jane Austen’s death, Austentatious makes West End debut
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.
WATCH: Musical version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion returns for Camden Fringe, One night only
After success last summer, Chamber Opera Tours returns to London with its original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved final novel Persuasion, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death and its publication. It’s on for one night only, as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, on Monday 31 July 2017.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE – Jermyn Street Theatre
Two Bit Classics bring to life Jane Austen’s beloved story Pride & Prejudice in a refreshing adaptation that features a cast of two.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE – Touring
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife! It also seemed to be acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice had landed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre this week, as a healthy house full of enthusiastic theatregoers packed the auditorium to see the popular period piece.
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