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.
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.
‘Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of) an affectionate, faithful re-telling of Jane Austen’s iconic novel – only, told by the servants, with karaoke.’
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.
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.
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.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) has a superbly wide frame of reference, and which is thought-provoking as well as being sheer good fun.
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.
Like characters in a book who never die, Laura Wade’s The Watsons at the Menier Chocolate Factory deserves to last forever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The problem is, this was a play as light and frothy as Lydia Bennet, while what I want is a Lizzie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Bit Classics bring to life Jane Austen’s beloved story Pride & Prejudice in a refreshing adaptation that features a cast of two.
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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