Jane Austen created some of literature’s most celebrated characters, defining her era, sex and class.
Two hundred years on, her works continue to speak for the yearning heart as much as they did when they were written – so just how much has really changed for women since?
In a solo performance of extraordinary virtuosity – using only Austen’s words – actor Rebecca Vaughan answers this question by boldly revisiting the most rewarding moments from all six major novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma.
Austen’s Women can be at the Old Library Theatre, on Leeming Street, Mansfield, on Thursday (September 24), at 7.15pm.
In scenes of high comedy and profound pathos, Vaughan deconstructs the souls of Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women.
Divorced from their historical context (and in the absence of their men), these women present a glorious distillation of 19th century feminism and speak volumes about love and friendship.
Austen’s Women is directed by Guy Masterson, whose credits include the Olivier Award-winning Morecambe. It is presented by Dyad Productions who create and tour classic theatre with an innovative and contemporary twist.
This illuminating and, above all, entertaining evocation of Jane Austen’s works is a treat for Austen lovers and the perfect primer for the uninitiated.
Tickets to see Austen’s Women at The Old Library Theatre in Mansfield are £10.25 (including 2.5 per cent booking fee.)
Anyone also purchasing a ticket for Hotbuckle Productions’ retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma at the Palace Theatre on November 3 will save 50p on each show’s ticket.
Tickets for both shows can be purchased from box office on 01623 633133 or alternatively by going online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre