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.
30/11/2018 - 08/12/2018
Be My Baby
New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Hove
Friday November 30-Saturday December 8
See website for ticket prices
Set in a Mother and Baby Home in December 1964. Be My Baby follows Mary Adams who is unmarried and 7 months pregnant. Forcibly sent there by a mother intent on keeping up appearances Mary, along with other girls in the home, has to cope both with the shame and the dawning realisation that she will have to give up the baby for adoption.
Phone 01273 746118 or visit newventure.org.uk.
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