Austen’s tale is at the Palace

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Hotbuckle Productions adapt classic novels and try to tell the tales with humour and emotion, making them accessible for everyone.

You can join them at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Tuesday, November 3, to see their interpretation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Emma.

“I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. She’s also a bit of a meddler. After her governess is married to the kindly Mr Weston (at Emma’s instigation of course), Miss Woodhouse’s path in life is clear. She must become a matchmaker.

Who better to start with than awkward, unpolished Harriet Smith - she of unknown parentage and the unfortunate object of a most unsuitable gentleman’s affections?

Emma really has no choice but to take charge of the situation. Why, with her help, who knows how far Miss Smith could reach? Mr Elton, the charming young vicar? Or the prodigal son Frank Churchill, recently returned home after a long absence?

But as her interfering gets out of hand and events spiral beyond her control, it may be time for Emma to question her judgement. Gently advised by childhood friend Mr Knightley, can Emma untangle the web she’s spun? And what does she truly know of her own heart?

Make sure you come along for an evening in which one of Jane Austen’s most enchanting lead characters is brought to life with live music and Hotbuckle’s trademark ensemble style.

There will be a pre-performance talk at 6.15pm, given by Adrian Preater, artistic director.

The performance of Emma on November 3 starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £14.35 full/£12.81 concs. and schools £7.18. Call the box office on 01623 633133 or book at www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre