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Jane Austen News – Issue 82

The Jane Austen News is that there's a hunt for a new Jane!

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Could You Play Jane in Austen the Musical?

Exciting news if you love musical theatre, have a passion for performing and have always wanted to be Jane Austen. The Jane Austen News is that there's a hunt for a new Jane!Producers Daniel Taylor-Brown and Justin Eade have announced that they’re looking for an actress to play Jane Austen in the UK tour of Austen the Musical.

Austen the Musical explores Jane’s 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. Following extended runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and sell-out performances at the Jane Austen Festival and York New Musical Festival, the new musical by Rob Winlow is heading nationwide on its 2017/18 UK Tour from October 2017 – only it’s currently lacking it’s leading lady!

So, interested in playing Jane Austen from age 20-41? We thought a few of you in our Jane Austen News readership might be. To apply, the producers are asking for a CV, headshot, covering letter, and details of your vocal range to be sent to them at More info can be found at the listing here on


Meet The Jane Austen Superfans

At the Jane Austen News we love reading about other fans of Austen, so we really enjoyed finding out a bit more about these Jane Austen superfans as featured in an article in the Guardian this week:

Roland Anderson, 44, finance director, London:
“It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I started getting into Austen. My friend Mark kept going on about Pride And Prejudice, so I reread it, then worked my way through the rest of the novels, plus anything I could get my hands on: the letters, the unfinished novels. Once I read a boyfriend Pride And Prejudice as a bedtime story. It doesn’t take as long as you think – 20 nights at two or three chapters a night. He really liked it, even if the relationship didn’t last.”

Nili Olay, 72, and Jerry Vetowich, 80, members of the Jane Austen Society of North America:

Jerry – “I love the dressing-up, I admit – I’ve got four costumes, including a redcoat and an admiral, and Nili has several gowns. They look pretty authentic. Of course, we don’t dress up for the regular meetings, just the balls, but it’s great to see people in their finery.” Continue reading Jane Austen News – Issue 82

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Jane Austen News – Issue 64

The Jane Austen News has mail!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  

 Jane Austen Inspired Anti-Bullying Campaign 

Recently we had a nice surprise in the post: a collection of handmade letters from students of a language school in Greece, who made them as part of an anti-bullying campaign and as their way of honouring the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.

The overall campaign is called ‘Keep Smiling: from children to children’ and the project was done for Valentine’s Day (they arrived late).

The children named their card and letter collection ‘Jane Austen v Bullies’. All the students range in age from juniors to teenagers, and they participated whilst being inspired by Jane’s quotes and becoming familiar with her life and works.

They want us to keep the cards “as a token of appreciation for the work we do in honour of a literary giant”, which we thought was such an incredibly kind gesture, and we loved reading them all so we thought you might too!

Win A Free Dinner With Darcy and Lizzy in Woking

The Lightbox, a charity-run cultural space, gallery and museum in Woking, Surrey in England, has its tenth anniversary this year, and so to celebrate this milestone The Lightbox are holding their first Lightbox Literary Festival (from Thursday 20th April – Sunday 23rd April). We mention this as, since this year is not only the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Lightbox but also the bicentenary of Jane’s death, The Lightbox is holding a specifically Austen-themed event.

For the event, named Jane Austen 200th Anniversary, The Lightbox’s resident chef will create a Regency inspired menu just for the evening. Three indulgent courses will include Georgian-age gems like Black Butter, Mrs Martin’s mashed turnips and Regency roasted pork & apples. Guests will be invited to sample several dishes from the banquet table.

Then, after dinner, guests will round off the themed evening with a screening of the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice, and every guest will leave with a Regency-inspired goody bag filled with a Jane Austen novel, Regency recipes and other literary goodies. The event takes place on Friday the 21st of April at 7:00pm and tickets cost £49.

However – on our Facebook page we’re currently running a competition which is offering one lucky winner two free tickets to the event. You can enter via our competition post here.

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