Such is the popularity of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that there have been several television adaptations as well as an unforgettable award winning film.
A month after Austen appears on our ten pound notes, the Henley Players are participating in the yearlong celebrations of Austen’s bicentenary by bringing this classic to the Kenton stage in a delightful fast-moving adaptation by Olivier award winning local author Jessica Swale.
When her wealthy step-son – urged on by his money-grabbing wife – cheats them of their fortune, Mrs Henry Dashwood and her three daughters; Elinor, Marianne and Margaret are left penniless. They are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park, their family home and rely upon the charity of a distant relative Sir John Middleton. When John Willoughby, a handsome stranger, arrives at the cottage with a rain drenched Marianne in his arms, the sisters think that their fortunes are changed forever and who can resist them as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back again.
Sense and Sensibility will be performed by The Henley Players at the Kenton Theatre from 18–21 October 7.30pm, 2.30pm Matinee on 21st October. Tickets from £12 adults. Box Office 01491 575698 https://www.kentontheatre.co.uk/
Photo by George Riddell