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Northanger Abbey (Box Tale Soup)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Whether you’re a fan, a stranger, or even (like this reviewer) an outspoken critic of Austen’s work, you’re equally as liable to be enthralled by the brilliant, dynamic and laugh-out-loud stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s gothic classic. Lavished with reams of comedic virtuosity by the charming art of Noel Byrne and Antonia Christophers, their amusing and inventive use of an ensemble of papier-mâché puppets breathes fresh life into Austen’s work. Bristling with endearing, Henson-esque slapstick that at times causes more than mere ripples of laughter, I don’t think anyone could have imagined that putting Jane Austen and puppets together could result in such an enjoyable end product. Indeed, this sentiment was evidenced by the cacophony of superlatives that wafted through the exit corridor after the show had come to its conclusion.

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 6.15pm.
tw rating 5/5 [Eddie Nisbet]