Arts and Entertainments

  • Writing Without Ego = Jane? Writing Without Ego = Jane?Writing Without Ego = Jane?
    Writing for the Financial Times, Jan Dalley spoke this week about the artist and their ego. She laid out the idea that in order to create and put our work out into the public domain we have to have some ego – at least enough to believe that what we are …
  • An Evening of Emma in Fort George An Evening of Emma in Fort GeorgeAn Evening of Emma in Fort George
    At the Jane Austen News we love hearing about celebrations of Jane that happen all around the world. Because as much as we might wish all of Jane’s fans could come to Bath for our Jane Austen Festival in September, we know that there are many who can’t. So …
  • Pride and Prejudice vs. Jane Eyre Pride and Prejudice vs. Jane EyrePride and Prejudice vs. Jane Eyre
    As two of the most popular novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre have an incredible number of spin-off books written about them. Two of the books tipped to be summer bestsellers this year are Eligible – a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Steele – a …
  • Lady Susan Gets the Ending She Deserves? Lady Susan Gets the Ending She Deserves?Lady Susan Gets the Ending She Deserves?
    Now to a retelling of a different kind. Lady Susan, the epistolary novella Jane Austen wrote in her youth, will soon be coming to the cinemas in the form of Whit Stillman’s new film Love and Friendship, and John Mullan, author of the book What Matters in Jane Austen?, has been looking …
  • Jane and Fringe Theatre and Puppets Jane and Fringe Theatre and PuppetsJane and Fringe Theatre and Puppets
    As part of Brighton’s 2016 Fringe Festival, the theatre company Box Tale Soup performed their adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. It’s not like your average stage adaptation though. This one has been done with puppets. Which for some people will be a really interesting and fun change, but the …
  • Fashion and Mourning in Lady Susan Fashion and Mourning in Lady SusanFashion and Mourning in Lady Susan
    Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, the costume designer for the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, has been speaking about the choices she made to show Lady Susan’s transition from mourning widow to social butterfly.

    “If you actually laid out the costumes, it goes from black to black and grey to mauve, …

  • Charlotte Rampling Starring in Film Adaptation of Sanditon Charlotte Rampling Starring in Film Adaptation of SanditonCharlotte Rampling Starring in Film Adaptation of Sanditon
    Charlotte Rampling, who has received an OBE for her services to the arts and who has previously played roles in hit period dramas such as The Duchess, is set to play the overbearing nouveau-riche Lady Denham in the never-before-screened story of Sanditon – the novel which Jane began before she …
  • Top Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of Austen Top Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of AustenTop Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of Austen
    Yet more proof that Jane Austen is for everyone. Top U.S. comedian Louis C.K. recently shut himself off from the internet as “everything is weird and mean and upsetting.” Instead he sought refugee by pulling out a copy of Pride and Prejudice and beginning to read through that, rather …
  • Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen? Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen?Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen?
    Bustle is a website well known for its popular culture and fashion articles (how to do your hair like Beyonce; what to wear to the office party; five reasons we love Jennifer Lawrence etc). More recently however we at the Jane Austen News have been pleased to see …
  • Harpist to Publish Jane’s Sheet Music Harpist to Publish Jane's Sheet MusicHarpist to Publish Jane’s Sheet Music
    Fascinated by the music from the late 1700s and early 1800s, Malibu harpist Suzanne Guldimann has been busy compiling her ninth book of music for the Celtic harp, Music for the Netherfield Ball: Songs and Dances of Jane Austen’s Era, which will soon be available at Amazon. Guldimann’s new book focuses on …
  • Matches and Matrimony – Jane Austen In Video Game Format Matches and Matrimony - Jane Austen In Video Game FormatMatches and Matrimony – Jane Austen In Video Game Format

    The Jane Austen News knows well that Jane Austen’s novels have been the subject of countless adaptations and been portrayed through art, film, poetry – practically very medium you can think of. However we didn’t know that they had been turned into a computer game! Matches …

  • Mr Bingley and Bridget Jones Mr Bingley and Bridget JonesMr Bingley and Bridget Jones
    While reading a recent article online about the similarities between Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’ Diary (e.g. both open with the words “it is a truth universally acknowledged”, and both Bridget and Lizzy have overbearing mothers) the Jane Austen News came across a little factoid that we’d not realised before.
    While …
  • Mr Wickham – Unpunished? Mr Wickham - Unpunished?Mr Wickham – Unpunished?

    Mr Wickham has been named by The Guardian as one of the most annoyingly unpunished characters in literature. He was beaten only by Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men and Big Brother in 1984.
    As much as we know that really, in terms …

  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – Showing Us The Way Forward The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Showing Us The Way ForwardThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries – Showing Us The Way Forward
    Bernie Su, the man behind the interactive digital adaptations of Emma and Pride and Prejudice (check out Emma Approved and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries to see what we mean) has been speaking recently about the best way we can tell stories now.
    In the Georgian era, plays …
  • Love Letters Don’t Have To Go To Mr Darcy Love Letters Don't Have To Go To Mr DarcyLove Letters Don’t Have To Go To Mr Darcy

    The New Orleans Jane Austen Literary Festival has been seeking to champion the art of letter writing during it’s weekend-long event, which draws hundreds of Austen fans from far across the Gulf South to attend.
    “Our main objective is to encourage the fine art of letter writing,” said …

  • “Dear Emma” – Jane’s Heroine Goes To College "Dear Emma" - Jane's Heroine Goes To College“Dear Emma” – Jane’s Heroine Goes To College

    Another novel based on the work of Miss Austen has just been released in the US. This time the main characteristics of Emma are given to a college girl in charge of her college newspaper’s agony aunt column.
    “Heaney’s modern take on Jane Austen’s “Emma” is both honest and …

  • The Advantages of Austen in an American High School The Advantages of Austen in an American High SchoolThe Advantages of Austen in an American High School

    One school in California has found some surprising side-effects stemming from their staging a production of Sense and Sensibility. Students from Bakersfield College have found themselves not only speaking with British accents, but also walking taller and sitting up straighter in their chairs.

    They had to learn to…carry themselves …

  • The Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen Adaptations The Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen AdaptationsThe Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen Adaptations

    Kate Beckinsale, who is due to play Lady Susan Vernon in Whit Stillman’s upcoming feature film based on Austen’s Lady Susan, and Chloe Sevigny, who will take the role of her American friend Alicia Johnson, have been speaking about the issues and joys that come …

  • Jane Inspires Art Exhibition Jane Inspires Art ExhibitionJane Inspires New Art Exhibition

    Jane Austen’s work has been interpreted in a great number of different ways; through theatre, song, television, films, and of course through hundreds of books.
    An interpretation of Jane and her characters saw American artist Amy Lee Lummus fuse her own modern style of painting with Jane’s 18th century stories. You can …

  • Love and Friendship – Excitement Continues to Build Love and Friendship - Excitement Continues to Build
    Love and Friendship – Excitement Continues to Build

    Love and Friendship, Whit Stillman’s screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is receiving more praise following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, the film is so keenly anticipated here at the Jane Austen Centre that every new review is a …

  • Pride and Prejudice Turns 200 – A Cartoon Celebration Pride and Prejudice Turns 200 - A Cartoon CelebrationPride and Prejudice Turns 200 – A Cartoon Celebration

    Cartoonist Jen Sorensen has created a contemporary illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice for NPR.
    In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the novel, the artist illustrated and coloured an 18-frame comic that tells the story of the Bennet sisters on their search for love.
    The humorous twist on the plot …

  • An Emma Adaptation from ITV An Emma Adaptation from ITV

    An Emma Adaptation from ITV

    Production company Tomorrow Studios has teamed up with ITV Studios to produce a new mixed-language, Indian-set adaptation of Emma called Polite Society, which sees the story of Emma transported into modern-day Delhi.
    Polite Society follows the exploits of Ania, who is the daughter of a wealthy Indian family and who aspires to match-make for her …

  • The Cast of Sanditon is Announced The Cast of Sanditon is Announced
    The Cast of Sanditon is Announced

    Following on from the news of a new adaptation of Emma for ITV, is more ITV adaptation news. Details of casting for the upcoming series of Sanditon (which is currently filming at the wonderfully local Bottleyard Studios near Bristol) have been revealed. So far we have been told that:
    Anne Reid (who’s …

  • A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at LoveBy 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 a great …

  • Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen Rural England in the Age of Jane Austenby Marc DeSantis

    A Rural England
    Though Jane Austen’s life of forty-one years was lamentably short, her time on earth, 1775 to 1817, was nonetheless one of great and momentous change.  England was still largely rural in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the rhythm of its country life was tied to the seasonal needs …

  • The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last! The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five - At the Assembly Rooms, at last!Dear Reader,
    I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the …
  • The Sheet Music for Austen Film Scores The Sheet Music for Austen Film ScoresWhere to find them. What they include…
  • The Regency Wedding Breakfast The Regency Wedding BreakfastDuring the Regency, weddings were often held first thing in the morning with the bridal couple and their guests returning home to celebrate with a wedding breakfast, a precursor to the modern wedding reception, before departing to their new home, or perhaps on their honeymoon.
    Jane Austen’s niece Caroline (daughter of James) gave a wonderful description …
  • Christmas with Father Christmas Christmas with Father Christmas Father Christmas far predates the modern Santa Claus, but how was he associated with the season, and did Jane Austen know him?
  • The Beefsteak Club The Beefsteak ClubA political club famous for it’s steak and potatoes diet
  • The Swiss Family Robinson: “One of the most popular novels of all time” The Swiss Family Robinson: "One of the most popular novels of all time"Written in 1812 and translated into English by William Godwin in 1814
  • Punch and Judy: Britain’s National Puppets Punch and Judy: Britain's National PuppetsKnown as Britain’s National Puppets, but they have their roots in 16th century Italy…
  • Bethlem Royal Hospital in Jane Austen’s Day: Bedlam’s Beginnings Bethlem Royal Hospital in Jane Austen's Day: Bedlam's Beginnings…perhaps the most famous mental institution in the world
  • Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London Madame Tussaud's Waxworks in LondonThe making of life-size wax figures wearing real clothes grew out of the funeral practices of European royalty. In the Middle Ages it was the habit to carry the corpse, fully dressed, on top of the coffin at royal funerals, but this sometimes had unfortunate consequences in hot weather, and the custom of making an …
  • The Hope Diamond-The most famous diamond in the world The Hope Diamond-The most famous diamond in the worldStolen during the French Revolution, it resurfaced in London in 1812…
  • The Egyptian Hall With the French occupation and exploration of Egypt in 1798 (Napoleon was seeking to cut off British interests in India) a mania for all things Pharonic came into vogue. The Battle of the Nile, in August, 1798, allowed the British to gain an advantage, and by 1801 they were in the process of taking over …
  • Gothic Horrors: The Regency Vampyre Gothic Horrors: The Regency VampyreThe origins of the Vampyre novel
  • Well in Hand: The Four-Horse Club Well in Hand: The Four-Horse ClubOften mistakenly called the “Four in Hand Club”, this group began as a rival to the Bensington Driving Club.
  • The Moonlight Sonata The Moonlight Sonata Written in 1801 and dedicated to Giulietta Guicciardi; was she also the “Immortal Beloved”?
  • Polemoscope: Georgian “Jealousy Glasses” Polemoscope: Georgian "Jealousy Glasses"How To Spy On A Suitor Without Looking Like You’re Trying…
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas The Twelve Days of ChristmasWas this song familiar to the Austen family?
  • To Punish or Defend? The Regency Duel To Punish or Defend? The Regency DuelThe intricacies of a regency era duel…
  • The Microcosm of London: Astley’s Amphitheatre The Microcosm of London: Astley's AmphitheatreFamous for the associated riding school and circus…
  • Sailor’s Valentines: A gift of Love Sailor’s Valentines: A gift of LoveJoe Elder explains the history behind ‘Sailor’s Valentines’.
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A Classic Christmas Tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A Classic Christmas TaleThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann, a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, composer, music critic,  and caricaturist.
    In the tale, young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks …
  • The Fashion of Portrait Miniatures The Fashion of Portrait MiniaturesCherished Tokens of Regency Love
  • The Jubilee of George III The Jubilee of George IIIPeriod impressions of the Golden Jubilee of George III
  • Creating a Straw Bonnet from “Scratch” The base of the millinery industry
  • The Elegance of the Breakfast Set The Elegance of the Breakfast SetThe birth of English Bone China
  • Keeping a Georgian Christmas Keeping a Georgian ChristmasTake a peek inside Fairfax House, York, a Georgian townhouse, decorated for Christmas
  • Jane Austen’s Women and Their Creative Skills Jane Austen’s Women and Their Creative SkillsShe was a plain, motherly kind of woman, who had worked hard in her youth, and now thought herself entitled to the occasional holiday of a tea-visit; and having formerly owed much to Mr Woodhouse’s kindness, felt his particular claim on her to leave her neat parlour, hung round with fancy-work, whenever she could, and …
  • 18th Century Cookery Books and the British Housewife 18th Century Cookery Books and the British HousewifeCookbooks and the Regency Housewife
    by Vic Sanborn
  • Titles and Precedence Titles and PrecedenceHow to tell a Duke from a Dud
  • The Origins of Regency Era Christmas Carols The Origins of Regency Era Christmas CarolsMany are as popular today as they were 200 years ago.
  • The History of Side-Saddles The History of Side-SaddlesMiss Crawford’s enjoyment of riding was such that she did not know how to leave off.
  • The Art of Fashion Plates and Paperdolls Discovering that which is “Very much worn this season…”
  • The Upper Rooms The Upper RoomsA look inside Bath’s Famous Assembly Rooms
  • Christmas at Carlton House Christmas at Carlton HouseCelebrating the Season In Regency Style
  • Period Lighting and Silhouette Making Period Lighting and Silhouette MakingCandles, Matches and other forms of Striking a Light
  • The History of the Glass Armonica The History of the Glass ArmonicaBenjamin Franklin’s happiest invention
  • The Harp as a Status Symbol What playing and owning a harp told Society
  • Jane Austen’s Piano Jane Austen's PianoPerhaps the most recognized instrument of the Regency
  • All Hallow’s Eve All Hallow's EveHow was Halloween celebrated in Regency England?
  • Regency Dancing A look at the various dances enjoyed during the Regency
  • A Lady’s Education A Lady’s Education Had she possessed greater leisure for the service of her girls,
    she would probably have supposed it unnecessary, for they were under the care of a governess,
    with proper masters, and could want nothing more.
    Mansfield Park
    Excerpted from The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible yet Elegant Guide to Her World
    Most young women were educated by a combination …
  • Touring with the Gardiners The cool climate of the Lake District was a popular retreat during Regency Summers
  • A Description of the Funeral for Princess Amelia A period account of the passing of the King’s favorite child
  • Scent-Sational: Regency Perfumes and the Man who Made them Scent-Sational: Regency Perfumes and the Man who Made themThe fashionable scents to be wearing in 1804…
  • Jane Austen’s Easter The history of Easter and its Georgian celebration
  • The Subscription Library and the Rise of Popular Fiction The Subscription Library and the Rise of Popular FictionThe influence of the “Three Volume Novel” on “Literary Degradation”
  • Sydney Gardens, Bath Sydney Gardens, BathA little bit of wilderness in the heart of Bath.
  • Exploring The Regency Debutante Exploring The Regency DebutanteA Young Girl out for her first Season…
  • Sport Hunting in Regency England Riding to Hounds and other Manly pursuits
  • Paying Social Calls Paying Social CallsThe art of visiting and “leaving cards”
  • Almack’s Assembly Rooms Almack's Assembly RoomsThe most exclusive club in London
  • London Theatre during the Regency: Covent Garden London Theatre during the Regency: Covent GardenThe Theater Royal, Royal Ballet Company and Royal Opera House
  • The King of Clubs: The King of Clubs:Clubs and Gaming Houses in Regency London
  • The History of the Waltz The History of the WaltzThe shocking dance that took a nation by storm.
  • The Advent of the Christmas Season The Advent of the Christmas SeasonThe Austen Family prepares their hearts for Christmas…
  • Twelfth Night Twelfth NightThe end of Christmas Festivities
  • Attending A Regency Card Party Attending A Regency Card PartyCasual Regency Entertaining
  • British Ballooning British BallooningVincent Lunardi and the dawn of European Aeronautics
  • All Young Ladies Accomplished! All Young Ladies Accomplished!The accomplishments of literary and actual heroines
  • The Legend of the Mistletoe The Legend of the Mistletoe From Parasitic Plant to Pucker Procurer
  • The ‘Conversation Piece’ The 'Conversation Piece'Whilst conducting research into the ‘Rice’ portrait, Mr. Robin Roberts discovered a very interesting picture, which seems to have gone unnoticed in a Christie’s catalogue. The sale of the property of Mrs. Robert Tritton took place at Godmersham Park, Kent, between Monday, June 6th and Thursday, June 9th, 1983. Elsie Tritton and her husband had …
  • The Family Library “I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these.”
  • A History of Love Letters A History of Love LettersThe love letter has been composed and treasured for centuries…
  • The Advent of Valentines The Advent of ValentinesHow Valentine’s Day was celebrated during the Regency
  • Georgian Christmas Celebrations How would Jane and her family have celebrated Christmas?
  • Clothing Warehouses of the Regency Clothing Warehouses of the RegencyHigh End Retail Shopping in its Infancy
  • Ice Skating in the Regency Ice Skating in the RegencyThe proper way to practice this popular pastime
  • Country Dances used in the Films Country Dances used in the FilmsWhat steps was Mr. Bingley doing, anyway?