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Events UK : 2017

The following Jane Austen related events are offered by a range of organisations throughout the UK. They include lectures, informal talks, theatre productions and musical performances, together with various miscellaneous activities with a Jane Austen connection. Full details of each event (venue locations, dates and timings, ticket prices etc) are available via the link included within the individual entries below.

For information on a broad range of other literary events (not necessarily linked to Jane Austen), consult the websites of the Alliance of Literary Societies and the Royal Society of Literature, both of which are included within our Other Links page.

January to March

Mr Darcy Loses the Plot : Theatre tour by award-winning duo, LipService

A light-hearted re-writing of Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen sits writing her novel when the door squeaks and a visitor approaches. She quickly leaves the room which Mr Darcy now enters and proceeds to embroider his own storyline. When Jane returns, she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a rather different tune.

Full details of the tour from the above link.

Thursday 2 to
Saturday 11 February

A Performance of Northanger Abbey

Catherine Morland loves a good novel and the more 'horrid' it is the better. At 17, she is taken by her aunt to Bath where she encounters the social whirl denied to her at home. When Catherine accepts an invitation to the Tilney's country seat at Northanger Abbey, lurid images from her favourite gothic novel Mysteries of Udolpho threaten to overwhelm her. However, all misunderstandings are eventually resolved and, as in all the best Jane Austen novels, the young heroine finally gets her man...
This performance is an adaptation of the novel by acclaimed specialist, Tim Luscombe.
Venue: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Full details via the above link.

Tuesday 7 to
Saturday 11 February

A Performance of Pride and Prejudice

This adaptation by Simon Reade stars Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu as Mr and Mrs Bennet, and was first performed at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London.
Venue: Liverpool Playhouse.
Tickets: £10 - 30.

Full details via the above link.

Tuesday 14 to
Saturday 18 February

Performance of Pride and Prejudice

This performance has already proved very successful at other theatres in the UK, and features Matthew Kelly as Mr Bennet, Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet, Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet, Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy, and Mona Croll as Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Venue: Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR.
Tickets: From £14.50.

Full details from the above link.

Sunday 5 March
at 3 pm

Talk and Dance Display linked to the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice

Join Mr Wickham and the Regency Rejigged Dancers for a celebration of this important anniversary year.
Actor Adrian Lukis, who played the part of Mr Wickham in the above production of Pride and Prejudice, will talk about his experiences and career to Huddersfield's Jane Austen expert, Catherine Curzon. The talk will be followed by a display of dances from Jane Austen's era. Audience members are welcome to attend in Regency dress.
Venue: Mechanics Hall, Marsden, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Tickets: £10 (£8 for concessions).

Full details from the above link.

Saturday 11 March

Afternoon Talks: Rethinking Sanditon

This afternoon session will consider this unfinished and understudied novel 200 years after its composition. In addition to readings of sections of the novel, the three speakers will also consider health, financial speculation, and language and style in the novel.
Speakers include: Dr Anne Toner (Trinity College, Cambridge), Professor Michael Biddis (University of Reading) and Dr Sarah Comyn (University College, Dublin).
Venue: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire.
Tickets: £18.50 (Students and Friends £15).

Full details via the above link.

Saturday 11 March
at 7.00 pm

Murder and Misdemeanours: A Murder Mystery in Four Acts

The play is set around a weekend party at Basildon Park, near Reading. It follows on roughly two years after Mansfield Park, and features Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram who are on their way to Portsmouth to meet her younger brother, Wiliam. Dramatic events unfold during the course of the evening.

The evening also includes a short talk by Dr Alison Habens, from the University of Portsmouth, about Jane Austen in Hampshire.
Plus: Raffle tickets for a family visit to Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton.
Venue: Festival Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA.
Tickets: £18.00 (price includes a three-course meal).

Full details via the above link.

Thursday 16 March

'Such Classic and Humanizing Amusements': Private theatricals in Jane Austen's world

The preparation for a private theatrical performance in Mansfield Park explores a social event in which Jane Austen had direct experience, and which enjoyed widespread popularity among the gentry and the aristocratic class. In this talk, the speaker will consider Austen's representation of the 'epidemic of acting' in late Georgian culture in relation to how other women writers addressed this theme.
Speaker: Professor Gillian Russell, University of Melbourne.
Venue: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire.
Tickets: £11 (Students and Friends £8.50 (including drinks and canapes).

Full details via the above link.

Thursday 16 to
Saturday 18 March

An Evening with Jane Austen: A Performance by Certain Age

In addition to her famous heros and heroines, Jane Austen also created some more mature characters such as Mr Woodhouse, Mr and Mrs Bennet, Mrs Jennings, Mrs Allen, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Miss Bates, bringing them to life with her usual wonderful observation and wit.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death, Certain Age invites you to spend an evening with Jane Austen and some of these delightful older characters.
Venue: The Place, Bradgate Road, Bedford.
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £8).

Full details via the above link.

Saturday 25 March

Jane's History: A Theatrical Concert of Pincushion Wit

As part of the celebrations of 200 years of Jane Austen, we are pleased to host a performance by Catherine Bott, soprano and star of Classic FM, the award-winning and multi-talented soprano, Emily Gray, and pianist, Vivian Montgomery, who will play a copy of a Hellmann fortepiano of 1785, frequently used at Glyndebourne, English National Opera, The Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.
Venue: Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, Godmersham, Kent CT4 7DR.
Tickets: £15.

Full details via the above link.

Monday 15 to
Sunday 21 May

Literature and Landscapes: Join us to Explore Stories, Landscapes and Characters

This year's event focusses on Jane Austen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death. Each day will include a guided tour of the castle and gardens, a lecture and a light lunch.
Speakers will include Maggie Jameson of the Jane Austen Society of the UK.
This is an opportunity to visit the castle and gardens, and to discover more about enchanting landscapes and the literary authors they have influenced.
Venue: Highclere Castle, Hampshire.
Tickets: £85 each day.

Full details from the above link.

Friday 19 May

At Home with Jane Austen : Presentation by writer Lucy Worsley

The speaker is the Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, and a popular writer, broadcaster and speaker. Her presentation is linked to her new biography of Jane Austen, due to be published in May, which takes a new look at the Jane's life from the perspective of her bi-centenary. It considers what home meant to Jane, and tell the story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places which mattered to her. Dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster, Lucy offers us a witty and passionate woman of her time.
Venue: E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge TN9 1JP.

Full details from the above link.

Tuesday 18 July

Two Jane Austen Talks : Afternoon and Evening

Speaker: Marilyn Joice, Chair of the Northern Branch of the Jane Austen Society.

Afternoon talk: 'Fanny Price and Emma Woodhouse'.
Jane Austen created six very different heroines in her novels, and this talk will explore the characters and the stories of the two most diverse, from Mansfield Park and Emma. Event includes Regency afternoon tea.

Evening talk: 'Jane Austen and Marriage'.
This talk covers the situation of married and unmarried women of that period, focussing particularly on women of Jane Austen's social class, together with a look at how she portrays marriage in the novels, linking this back to the factual part of the talk. Event includes a light supper.
Venue: Cannon Hall, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Tickets: £35 each talk, or £60 for the two.

Full details from the above link. See also Jane Austen and Marriage