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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 April

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.


January to April

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

This tour continues at various venues around the UK. For a summary of the performance, see the entry above in January; full details via 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.


Wednesday 22 to
Friday 24 March

Performance of Pride and Prejudice

This performance of the author's famous novel is by pupils at King Edward's School in Wormley. Staff members at the school are responsible for directing, staging and music.
Venue: King Edward's School, Petworth Road, Wormley, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG.
Tickets: £5 (Concessions £2.50).

Full details via the above link.


Thursday 23 March

Jane's History: A Theatrical Performance of Pincushion Wit

A performance of Jane Austen's gleeful parody A History of England set to music with renowned sopranos Catherine Bott and Emily Gray, accompanied by fortepianist Vivian Montgomery.
Venue: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire.
Tickets: £11 (Students and Friends £8).

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 25 March

Jane's History: A Theatrical Performance of Pincushion Wit

A performance of Jane Austen's gleeful parody A History of England set to music with renowned sopranos Catherine Bott and Emily Gray, accompanied by fortepianist Vivian Montgomery, who will perform on a copy of a Heilmann piano of 1785, frequently used at Glynebourne, English National Opera, The Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.
Venue: Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, Canterbury Road, Godmersham, Kent.
Tickets: £15.

Full details via the above link.


Tuesday 28 March to
Saturday 8 April

Special Display of Jane Austen Letters

An opportunity to see three of Jane Austen's original letters, written in the author's own hand shortly after the family's move to Bath in 1801. These are part of a special exhibition at Cambridge University, together with a number of other significant items relating to the author.
Venue: The entrance hall of Cambridge University Library.
Timings: Weekdays: 9 am to 6.30 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday: closed.
Free entry.
Full details via the above link.


Wednesday 29 to
Friday 31 March

Conference: "Sanditon: 200 Years"

This 3-day conference marks the bicentenary of the composition of Jane Austen's unfinished novel, Sanditon. The conference will be devoted to discussing a diverse range of subjects relating to the novel. The manuscript of Sanditon will be available for participants to view at King's College, along with items from the Dorothy Warren and David Gilson Jane Austen collections, also held at King's College.
Venue: Trinity College, Cambridge, with planned visits to King's College and to Austen exhibitions at the University Library.
Tickets: 3-day registration at £85, or £35 per day. (£50 or £18 per day for students.)

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 1 April
at 11.30 am

Guided Tours of Jane Austen's Lyme Regis

Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis on at least two separate occasions, and set Persuasion in the town. On this tour, we follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen and her characters around the town. The tour includes a walk along the Cobb to see the steps from which Louisa Musgrove fell, a visit to the inns mentioned in the novel, and also the house where Jane Austen stayed during her visits.

This event will be repeated during the course of the summer months; see further entries below.
Tickets: £10.

Full details via the above link.


Friday 7 April
at 7.30 pm

Special Production of Northanger Abbey

This unique production features a cast of just two human performers, and seven hand-made puppets. Through their award-winning adaptation, they have tried to remain as faithful to the original work as possible, taking the vast majority of the dialogue verbatim from the novel. This, combined with the use of puppetry, has made the production appealing to both Austen lovers and sceptics alike!
Venue: Darwen Library Theatre, Knott Street, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 3BU.
Tickets: £9 (Concessions £7).

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 29 April
from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

"Reading Pride and Prejudice"

An intensive study of Jane Austen's much-loved novel, Pride and Prejudice, with lectures by leading Cambridge scholars Fred Parker and Anne Toner, and a dramatic reading by an accomplished student reader. Each lecture is followed by questions and discussion. Fred Parker will explore the difficulty of communicating one's feelings in a culture where all exchanges in public - especially between men and women - are understood to be coded and convention-based. Is it possible to be polite and sincere?
Venue: Stapleford Granary, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
Tickets: £60 (students and Jane Austen Society members £50). Please contact us via the following e-mail address to book at the discounted price:

trudi.tate@gmail.com

Full details from the above link.


Saturday 6 May
at 11.30 am

Guided Tours of Jane Austen's Lyme Regis

For further brief details, see entry for 1 April above. 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.


Friday 9 June at Noon

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things

This presentation by award-winning biographer, Paula Byrne, reveals insights into Jane Austen's inner thoughts. She overturns the traditional portrait of the author as conventional and genteel, revealing the far tougher, more socially and politically aware and altogether more modern woman behind the novels.
Tickets: £6.
Venue: The Meakin Room at the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival.

Full details via the above link.


Friday 9 June to
Sunday 11 June

Remembering Jane Austen: A Festival

This extensive 3-day event includes a flower festival, talks and musical entertainment.
Venue: Holy Cross Church, Daventry.

Full details via the above link.


Thursday 15 June
at 2.00 pm

U3A Thursday Talk: "Introducing Jane Austen - The Woman and the Writer"

Speaker: Maureen Stiller, Secretary of the Jane Austen Society UK.
This illustrated talk outlines Jane Austen's life and family, her development as a writer, the literary influences on her writing and her place in the English literary canon.
Venue: Daventry Community Centre.
Tickets: 3.00 (free to members of Daventry U3A).

For further information, contact Lynda Moran via 01327 261848.


17 June to
8 January 2018

Jane Austen by the Sea: A Display at Brighton Pavilion

This display in the Prince Regent Gallery, commemorating the bi-centenary of Jane Austen's death, will explore her relationship with coastal towns, and life in Brighton during her lifetime. It will look at the seaside context of the author's plots, paint a picture of the leading resort of Brighton in the early 1800s, when it was a fashionable 'watering place' featured in novels like Pride and Prejudice, and include a number of display items linked to the author.

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 17 June
from 7.30 to 10.30 pm

First Impressions: An Evening of Regency Dancing

Discover for yourself what it might have been like to attend a Regency Ball in an historical setting with expert dance tuition. The dancing will be led by Libby Curzon of Mrs Bennet's Ballroom, with live Regency music from the Fortuna Trio. Regency style dress encouraged.
Venue: The Livery Hall, Guildhall, Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5DH.
Tickets: 40, available by phone via 020 7332 1871 or 020 7332 1868, or via the above website link.

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 17 June
at 11.30 am

Guided Tours of Jane Austen's Lyme Regis

For further brief details, see entry for 1 May above. Full details via the above link.


Sunday 18 June
at 6.00 pm

Outdoor Performance of Pride and Prejudice

Enjoy this special performance of Pride and Prejudice in the grounds in front of Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders. Pre-prepared picnics can be purchased, or you are welcome to bring your own. It is also hoped that a bar will be available that evening.
Venue: Thirlestane Castle, Castle Hill, Lauder TD2 6RU.
Tickets: Adults 14, Children 8, and Family 40 (2 adults and 2 children). There is also a 1.50 fee for adult and family tickets.

Full details via the above link.


Tuesday 20 June
from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Gardens in the Time of Jane Austen

Join our experienced garden designer Marie Elaine Houghton and study the beauty of the English landscape garden during the period of Jane Austen's lifetime. Explore the history behind the various garden styles across the 18th century, and discover the gardens that Jane Austen would have not only known and visited, but also references in her novels.
Venue: Painshill Gardens, Cobham, Surrey.
Tickets: 15 (10 for Painshill members). The price includes entry into the 18th-century landscape for the day.
For more information, or to book a place, call 01932 868113.

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 24 June
from 6.00 - 9.00 pm

An Evening of Georgian Entertainment

This outdoor evening event at a National Trust venue includes music, games and boating on the lake. Come dressed in your finest Georgian costume, bring a picnic inspired by Regency recipes, and join a promenade around the historic landscape garden that was visited by Jane Austen herself in 1813.
Venue: Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG.
Event free with normal admission charges: £8.80 adult, £4.40 child, £22.00 family, or free for National Trust members.

Full details via the above link.


Monday 26 June
to Wednesday 1 November

Extensive Jane Austen Event in Southampton

This impressive four-month programme of events, many of them linked to Jane Austen in this significant year, includes a number of theatrical performances, literary guided walks, a wide range of talks, musical performances and much more.

For full details, please consult their extensive website entry via the above link.


Saturday 1 July
at 11.30 am

Guided Tours of Jane Austen's Lyme Regis

For further brief details, see entry for 1 April above. Full details via the above link.


Friday 7 July from
10.00 am to 6.00 pm

A Day's Events of Tours and Talks at Chawton House Library

The day's programme will celebrate the publication of the joint exhibition book, Jane Austen: Novelist in the World (Bodleian Publications, 2017), by offering talks on aspects of Jane Austen's Chawton life. There will also be an opportunity to take a curator's tour of the 'Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Stael 1817-2017' exhibition at Chawton House Library and to look around Jane Austen's House Museum.

Full details from the above link.


Friday 7 July

'Entertaining Miss Austen': An Evening Concert

The pieces for this concert, performed by Amanda Pitt (soprano) and David Owen Norris (piano) will be drawn from seventeen music albums that belonged to Jane Austen and her female relations. Research of the entire collection led by Professor Jeanice Brooks of the University of Southampton has yielded new insights into the Austen family's musical life.
Venue: Chawton House Library.
Timing: 6.30 pm for drinks reception prior to 7.00 pm performance.
Tickets can be bought separately for this event, or as part of the package for the day's programme (see above entry for Friday 7 July).

Full details from the above link.


Saturday 8 July and
Sunday 9 July

Premiere Performance of Meeting Miss Austen

This production by the Hampshire-based publishing and production company, 2Time Theatre, is based on Jane Austen's Juvenilia, and portrays the voice of the author in her teenage years: exhuberant, saucy, and often surreal in tales of love, loss, vice and victuals.
Timing: 8.00 pm on Saturday evening, and 3.00 pm on Sunday afternoon.
Tickets: 10 (5 for under 19s).

Full details from the above link.


Friday 14 July

Pictures of Perfection...make me sick and wicked

Speaker: Dr Emma Major, University of York
In this lecture, the speaker looks at ways in which Jane Austen encourages us to be suspicious of perfection, and to become better readers of character. The case could be made that Austen's fiction offers the reader a first-rate lesson in detective skills. The lecture investigates Austen's lifelong fascination with letters to show how Austen uses them to teach her heroines to become better readers of flawed human nature.
Timing: 7.00 pm.
Venue: Fairfax House, York.
Tickets: 14, including post-lecture wine reception.

Full details from the above link.


Sunday 16 July
from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Special Event at Painshill Gardens in Surrey to celebrate the life of Jane Austen

The day's event will include tours of the gardens, with readings performed in front of a number of special features: Gothic buildings, a ruined Abbey, a serpentine lake, stunning shrubberies and our very own hermitage. There will also be music, dancing from Mrs Bennet's Dance Troupe in the Amphitheatre, horse and carriage rides, boating on the serpentine lake, and 18th-century games in the meadow for families.
No need to pre-book - just come along on the day and the event will be included in the normal entry price of 8.

Full details from the above link.


Monday 17 to
Sunday 23 July

Jane Austen Week at Lyme Park, Cheshire

This extensive commemoration of the 200th year of Jane Austen's death includes a range of events from talks, costume presentations and music, all related to both the author and the Regency period. Booking for each event is strongly advisable, as places are limited.

Full details of each day's events from the above link.


Monday 17 July

BBC Jane Austen TV film

This will be broadcast on BBC1 South on Monday, and then on BBC2 the following Saturday (July 22) afternoon nationwide. It will also be on the BBC iPlayer thereafter for 30 days.
Further details of the content of the programme via the above link, plus the following two additional website pages:

Video clips
Trailer video.


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


Saturday 22 July

BBC Jane Austen TV film

For further details, see above entry (July 17) for this production.


Monday 24 July
from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Jane Austen : 200 Not Out

This comprehensive talk by David Richardson, Committee Member of the Jane Austen Society, celebrates the life and works of Jane Austen in this significant year.
Venue: Sandbach Library, The Commons, Sandbach, Cheshire SW11 1FJ.
Tickets: 3.00.
Contact via e-mail at sandbach.library@cheshireeast.gov.uk or via telephone at 01270 375355.

Further details from the above link.


Wednesday 26 July
at 8.00 pm

Jane Austen: A Life

Talk by celebrated Jane Austen writer, Claire Tomalin.
Claire discusses Jane Austen's novels with great clarity, providing further understanding and insights into her famous works.
Venue: Great Hall, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ.
Tickets: 10.00, including a glass of wine.

Full details from the above link.


Saturday 29 July

Pemberley Walk at Lyme Park

Discover the locations used during the making of the BBC's Pride and Prejudice, including Darcy's famous pond and the classic Pemberley view.
This event is being repeated on Saturday 26 August.
Timing: 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

Full details from the above link.


Saturday 5 August
at 11.30 am

Guided Tours of Jane Austen's Lyme Regis

For further brief details, see entry for 1 April above. Full details via the above link.


Monday 26 June
to Wednesday 1 November

Extensive Jane Austen Event in Southampton

This impressive four-month programme of events, many of them linked to Jane Austen in this significant year, includes a number of theatrical performances, literary guided walks, a wide range of talks, musical performances and much more.

For full details, please consult their extensive website entry via the above link.


July to September

Sitting with Jane : A Display of Book Benches in Basingstoke

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, a special display of 24 'book benches' have been designed and painted by professional artists, inspired by the life and work of the author.

Full details and images via the above link.


17 June to
8 January 2018

Jane Austen by the Sea: A Display at Brighton Pavilion

This display in the Prince Regent Gallery lasts until next January.


Saturday 26 August
from 1.30 to 3.30 pm

Pemberley Walk at Lyme Park

Discover the locations used during the making of the BBC's Pride and Prejudice, including Darcy's famous pond and the classic Pemberley view.

Full details from the above link.


Friday 1 September
from 6.00 to 11.00 pm

A Country Ball in the Style of Jane Austen

This event will be held in the beautiful Ballinacurra House in County Cork. From dancing to costume, it will be an opportunity to step back into 18th-century life and culture. The evening includes a three-course dinner, dance instruction accompanied by baroque musicians, and a performance of scenes from Austen's greatest dramas by the Classic Times Theatre Company.
Venue: Ballinacurra House, Kinsdale, County Cork, Ireland.
Tickets: 85.

Full details via the above link.


Saturday 2 September
at 11.30 am

Guided Tours of Jane Austen's Lyme Regis

For further brief details, see entry for 1 April above.

Full details via the above link.


Friday 8 to
Sunday 17 September

The Annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath

This year's 17th annual Jane Austen Festival celebrates the author's life with the world-famous Regency Costumed Promenade, Costumed Masked Ball, talks, theatricals, lots of music, Mr Wickham, walks, presentations and lots of dancing.

For full details (including contact information) see the above link.

For additional information on Jane Austen's links with Bath, refer to the following website: Jane Austen and Bath


Saturday 16 and
Sunday 17 September
from 3.15 to 5.15 pm

Premier performance of Jonathan Dove's opera based on Mansfield Park

The venue for this performance is The Grange, a neo-classical monument a few miles from Alresford (near Winchester). The performance will be held in the 600-seat theatre within the smaller temple. It is a perfect setting for the performance, and could easily be imaged as Mansfield Park.

Booking details and further information from the above link.


Saturday 16 September
at 7.30 pm

"Jane Austen: 200 not out" - Talk by David Richardson

This talk is an anniversary commemoration of the life and work of England's best loved - and arguable greatest - novelist. The speaker is a Trustee of the Jane Austen Society.
Venue: Kendal Parish Church, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AF
Tickets: 5 (including a glass of wine) available to purchase at the door on the evening of the event, or by contacting the speaker via talks@jasoc.org.uk


Wednesday 20 September
at 7.30 pm

Talk on Jane Austen by Penny Townsend

A further commemoration of the life and 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, the publication of her last novel, Persuasion, and in particular her association with Dorset and Devon. The event has been organised by the Charlton Down Local History Group.
Venue: The Village Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charlton Down, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9UA.
Tickets: 3, available to purchase at the door. (Entry free for CDLHG members.)

Further details via talks@jasoc.org.uk


Thursday 28 September
at 7.30 pm

Talk by Professor E J Clery

The speaker will talk about her recently published book, Jane Austen: The Bankers Sister.
Venue: Chawton House Library, Hampshire.

Further details from the above link.


Wednesday 4 to
Saturday 14 October

Comic Production of Pride and Prejudice

This brand-new adaptation by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe is directed by Susannah Tresilian of Nottingham Playhouse. Prepare yourself for a playful and accurate take on the novel.
Venue: York Theatre Royal.
Timing: 7.30 pm, with matinees at 2.00 pm on Thursday and 2.30 pm on Saturday.
Tickets: 14 - 30.

Full details via the above link.


Wednesday 4 October to
Friday 10 November

Promise and Promiscuity: 6-week UK tour of a Jane Austen musical

In this one-woman comic performance, New Zealand's Penny Ashton portrays a large number of characters from the novels with wit, innuendo and satirical sparkle. The show has appeared in a number of countries over the past four years, including the Bath Festival.

For full details of dates and venues, select the additional link at the end of the first paragraph in the above website.


Sunday 8 October

The Ilkley Literature Festival

This Festival runs from Friday 29 September to Sunday 15 October, and three events linked to Jane Austen are included in today's programme.

(1) 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm. Pride and Prejudice: A reading for everyone.
Join us in a relaxed (and unrehearsed) reading of a BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride and Prejudice. No restrictions on age or gender - just turn up on the day and let us know what you would like to read. Enthusiasm more important than skill.

(2) 4.00 - 5.00 pm. Jane Austen - A Writer in the World.
This realistic talk by Professor Kathryn Sutherland challenges the popular image of Jane Austen, and invites the audience to see her as a teenage rebel, a wartime writer and a risk-taking business woman.

(3) 7.45 - 8.45 pm. 'Jane Austen and Landscape' : Talk by Kathryn Sutherland and Steffie Shields
Landscape plays a major part in Jane Austen's novels, whether the exemplary parks of Pemberley and Donwell Abbey, or the muddy walks across fields in Sense and Sensibility. The speakers discuss the changing landscape Jane Austen would have seen around her, and how it was reflected in her writing.

Full details (including all other items in the Festival) from the above link.


Saturday 14 October

The Ilkley Literature Festival

Two further items from the Ilkley Festival:

(1) 3.30 - 4.30 pm. 'A Secret Sisterhood' : Talk by writers Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney.
Male literary friendships are legendary, but female authors are protrayed as isolated eccentrics. The speakers set out to dispel this myth, using unpublished letters and diaries. Jane Austen is one of the authors included in their selection.

(2) 7.15 - 8.15 pm. 'New Responses to Jane Austen.'
The Festival has commissioned four of the UK's most talented writers to produce new works, inspired by Jane Austen. Share their responses to this challenge, including folk songs inspired by classic quotes to a look at how Jane might fare in 21st-century Britain. A look at the author in a new light.

Full details from the above link.


Sunday 15 October
from 8.00 - 9.10 pm.

The Ilkley Literature Festival

A final item from the Festival:

New production of Northanger Abbey: A presentation by Box Tale Soup
This unique production of the novel employs a combination of puppetry, physical theatre and traditional performance.

Full details from the above link.


October 2017 to
April 2018

Austen the Musical

This musical covers the story from Jane Austen's transition from a country parson's daughter to one of the most read writers in English literature. It follows her struggle to have her work published in a male-dominated environment, her romances, and her vow to reject a woman's lifestyle in Georgian England. Performances will take place in a wide range of venues around the UK.

Booking details and further information from the above link.


Wednesday 18 October
at 7.30 pm

A Secret Sisterhood

Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney share their research into the hidden female friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
Venue: Chawton House Library, Hampshire.

Further details from the above link.


Friday 20 to
Sunday 22 October

Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival in Letterkenny, Northern Ireland

The inaugural event of this festival in 2016 was a great success, and this year's programme promises a similar range of activities, from lectures linked to Jane Austen, guided tours of the local area, poetry and musical performances.
Venue: Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny.

Full details of the programme from the above link.


Sunday 22 October
at 2.0 pm and 4.0 pm

Jane Austen and Charles Dibden: An 'almost' encounter in Southampton

A premiere of a new entertainment produced by 2TimeTheatre about these two near-contemporaries, both with strong connections to Southampton.
The play links Jane Austen to Dibdin's rousing and patriotic sea-songs, some of which were included in the Austen family song-books. Jane Austen's two brothers' role in the Navy are a further link between the two individuals.
Venue: The Dolphin Inn, 34-35 High Street, Southampton SO14 2HN.
Tickets: 12 in advance, or 15 at the door.

Further details from the above link.


Sunday 29 October
at 6.00 pm

An Evening with Jane Austen at Godmersham Park

An evening to commemorate the launch of the Jane Austen 10 note, featuring Godmersham. The event includes readings by Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis, and music by Camilla Pay (harpist) and Rosie Lomas (soprano).
Venue: Godmersham Park House, Kent.
Tickets: 30 including bubbly and canapes.
Ticket purchase details and other information from the above link.


Saturday 2 December
at 3.00 pm and 7.45 pm

Theatre Production of Lady Susan: Adaptation by Jane Dewey

This adaptation of the novel (written by Jane Austen in her late teenage years), retains the liveliness of the novel's letter format, and vividly represents the characters who send them.
Tickets: 7.00

Earlier in the day (from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm) there will also be an additional workshop that explores the protagonists in Jane Austen's novels. This will include readings from the texts and discussions on the key qualities of her heroines.
Tickets for this additional event: 15.00

Venue for both events: The Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing, London W5 5BQ.
Full details of both events from the above link.


Thursday 7 December
at 7.30 pm

Pride and Property: Jane Austen's House Obsession

Join us for a festive season of mulled wine, mince pies, and Jane Austen's great houses, with a talk by author Phyllis Richardson.
Venue: Chawton House Library, Hampshire.

Further details from the above link.


Sunday 10 December
at 4.00 pm

Valediction: A new play about Jane Austen

The reading of this play, specially written by author Wayne Adrian Drew to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, is a premiere costumed and candlelit event featuring a cast of six professional actors. It charts a year in which Jane Austen and her much later relative, Edward Lefroy, experience love and its heart-breaking consequences.
Venue: The Fan Museum, Greenwich.
Tickets: 12, including both interval drinks and seasonal snacks, together with free admission to the Museum's latest exhibition.
Further details from the above link.