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Austen (Old Hall Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

Jane Austen is one of the most renowned female authors in history, penning such classic literary love stories as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’. The author famously never married, however, despite having numerous relationships; ‘Austen’ is a new musical examining these various love interests in her life, before her untimely death at the age of 41. The production alternates between past and present and follows Jane’s struggle to attain publication in an industry and historical period ruled by men. A wonderful performance by Annie Kirkman as Jane and a hilariously varied one by Toby Osmond hold the show, but ultimately, despite its charms, this short, simple musical unfortunately fails to really excite or inspire.

theSpace on the Mile, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Keara Barnes]