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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.


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
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.


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.


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.


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


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. Full details from the entry for 17 June above.


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.


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.