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.
By turns comical, tragic, and enchanting, Austen is a musical that explores the challenges a female novelist faces in patriarchal Georgian England. As Jane struggles to be published, she experiences the pressures, pleasures, and pitfalls of courtship with multiple suitors. The story remains resonant and poignant in these turbulent times as the fight for gender equality continues.
Talking about the show, writer Rob Winlow said:
“The starting point and the question we ask, and ultimately try to answer, in the show, is how come Jane Austen wrote so eloquently about romantic affairs when she had seemingly few loving relationships and never married?”
Edith Kirkwood stars as Jane Austen, in a cast that also features Thomas Hewitt playing the suitors, and Jenni Lea-Jones and Adam Grayson as Jane’s parents. The production is directed by Timothy Trimingham Lee.
Tour dates for the production are as follows:
- Jan 11th – 13th, Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
- Jan 16th – 20th, The Bread & Roses Theatre, London
- Jan 22nd – 24th, Mirth, Marvel & Maud Theatre, London
- Jan 25th, Stamford Corn Exchange, Stamford
- Jan 26th – 27th, East Riding Theatre, Beverley
- Feb 8th, Artix, Bromsgrove
- Feb 27th – 28th, Rothes Hall, Fife
- Mar 7th , Harborough Theatre, Harborough
- Mar 28th – 29th, Chesil Theatre, Winchester