03/11/2018 - 01/12/2018
Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.
Tickets from £20
Based on Jane Austen’s incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play directed by Samuel West looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them? In this new play by Laura Wade, what happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is 19 and new in town. She’s been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who’s as awkward as he is rich. So far so familiar. But there’s a problem: Jane Austen didn’t finish the story. Who will write Emma’s happy ending now?
Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.
Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.
The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham
Thursday November 29, 7.45pm
The Haunters is a chilling mystery written by Patrick Prior and performed by Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden. No-one ever stayed in the dark, brooding house for very long. There was something wrong there, very wrong. A brilliant doctor takes up residence only to die violently. What is the terrible secret hidden behind the doors of the house by the river? When the dead man’s brother decides to investigate he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually lead him into a vortex of terror. He pursues the truth through the gas-lit, fog-filled streets of Victorian London until eventually he is forced to confront the horrifying truth. There in the flickering shadows of the house of fear the secret of his brother’s death is finally revealed and he finds that perhaps death is only the beginning.
Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.
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