A celebration of one of the greatest British writers, Jane Austen, Rob Winlow’s new musical AUSTEN reveals the woman behind the words.
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) & 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.
“Rob Winlow has created a tale that will be magical for Austen’s many fans.” The North East Theatre Guide
" ...the leading, crystal precision of Edith Kirkwood’s superbly delivered Jane...Intelligently written and guided by...Timothy Trimingham Lee’s light touch and tightly nuanced direction." Reviews Hub
Austen the Musical
Tuesday 16th January at 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th January at 7.30pm
Thursday 18th January at 7.30pm
Friday 19th January at 7.30pm
Saturday 20th January at 7.30pm
Tickets: £16 | Concessions: £14
Running Time: 90 minutes
10+. Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.
The Bread & Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham SW4 6DZ, London
Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.