Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?

Persuasion A New Musical

By Harold Taw “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” —Persuasion, Chapter 4 I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people… Read more about Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?


Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie

Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie

by Alice Chandler How did I come to write Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie: A Jane Austen Mystery for Children? Jane Austen has been part of my life for almost all of my life, ever since my parents took me to see the 1940 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when I was… Read more about Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie


A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love

Contrary Wind

By Lona Manning A group of young people, passing the rainy weeks of autumn together in “a dull country house,” decide to entertain themselves by staging a play. So what’s so wrong about that, as the critic Lionel Trilling asks rhetorically in his 1954 essay? The characters in Jane Austen’s great novel, Mansfield Park, devote… Read more about A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love


A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Three

This is the third and final instalment of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here, and part two can be read here.) Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees,… Read more about A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Three


A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Two

Jane austen biography

This is part two of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here) Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us… Read more about A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Two


A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One

Jane austen biography

This is part one of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is so that some valuable feedback… Read more about A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One


Meeting Young Jane Austen

“It’s exciting to be contributing to the Jane Austen 200 celebrations, with performances of Young Jane and Meeting Miss Austen, my adaptations inspired by Austen’s Juvenilia.” – Cecily O’Neill The exuberance and absurdity of the short novels, plays and letters known as the Juvenilia immediately captured my interest. Many of the characters, situations and issues… Read more about Meeting Young Jane Austen


Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood

It’s a pleasure to have a chance to connect with other Jane Austen enthusiasts. Like many people, my passion for Jane Austen grew hugely with the 1996 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The theatricality of the characters and the beauty of her dialogue delivered by that magnificent cast made that series one that was watched… Read more about Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood