Austen the Musical
Wednesday 10 January 2018
London Fringe - Musicals - Tours
A new musical adaptation of the life of Jane Austen is on UK tour from 11 January, stopping-off in London at Clapham's Bread & Roses Theatre and Mirth, Marvel & Maud Theatre in Walthamstow.
Image: The Bread & Roses Theatre
A celebration of one of the greatest British writers, Jane Austen, Rob Winlow's new musical Austen reveals the woman behind the words, and it tours the UK from January 11 to March 29.
In London, the musical will play at Clapham's Bread & Roses Theatre from 16 to 20 January, and at Mirth, Marvel & Maud Theatre in Walthamstow from 22 to 24 January.
Following the bicentennial of her death, this is a portrait of an icon as a human being.
Austen investigates the life of an author struggling as much with affairs of the heart as with ambitions for her art.
By turns comical, tragic, and enchanting, Austen is a musical that explores the challenges a female novelist faces in patriarchal Georgian England.
As Jane struggles to be published, she experiences the pressures, pleasures, and pitfalls of courtship with multiple suitors.
The story remains resonant and poignant in these turbulent times as the fight for gender equality continues.
Writer Rob Winlow says ...
"The starting point and the question we ask, and ultimately try to answer, in the show is how come Jane Austen wrote so eloquently about romantic affairs when she had seemingly few loving relationships and never married?"
Edith Kirkwood (Peculiar Distractions, York Theatre Royal) features as Jane Austen, with Thomas Hewitt (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Lyric Hammersmith & National Tour) playing the suitors, and Jenni Lea-Jones (The Mikado, Illyria Theatre National Tour) and Adam Grayson (Jonathan Creek, BBC) as Jane's parents.
Timothy Trimingham Lee (Buried Child, Upstairs at the Gatehouse) directs and Arlene McNaught (The Good Person of Szechwan, Bridewell Theatre) provides musical direction.
Rob Winlow wrote his first musical when he was 16 and won the All England Song Contest in 1982.
Previous writing includes Armada the Musical, which was presented at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Austen has been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Jane Austen Festival, York New Musical Festival and on a small UK tour.
It was developed with support from York New Musical Festival and John Cooper Studio.
Here's the trailer ...
Edith Kirkwood - Jane Austen
Thomas Hewitt - Jane's suitors
Jenni Lea-Jones - Mrs Austen
Adam Grayson - Mr Austen
Book/Composer/Lyricist/ Arranger/ Scorer/ Additional music - Rob Winlow
Director - Timothy Trimingham Lee
Musical Director - Arlene McNaught
The Bread & Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor St
London SW4 6DZ
Tour: January 11 to 29 March 2018
The Bread & Roses Theatre: 16 to 20 January 2018 at 7-30pm
Mirth, Marvel & Maud Theatre: 22 to 24 January 2018 at 7-30pm
The Bread & Roses Theatre: £12; £10 concessions
Mirth, Marvel & Maud Theatre: £16; £14 concessions
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