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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