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Celebrate 200th Anniversary Of Jane Austen's Classic Novel
Exactly 200 years after Jane Austen's novel, Northanger Abbey, was first published, a new adaptation of the timeless classic is to set to reach new audiences as it embarks on a UK tour. Although Austen originally sold the book to a publisher almost 15 years earlier under the working title of Catherine, it did not go into print until after her death in 1817.

Northanger Abbey
A new adaptation of Northanger Abbey takes to the road in 2017

Now, two centuries after its publication, Northanger Abbey, which was intended as a satire of the Gothic novels popular at the time it was written, has been given a fresh look in this new production from Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds which is going on a 2017 tour of the country, including a run at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from February 13 to 15.

Annabelle Terry
Annabelle Terry stars in Northanger Abbey

Catherine, the heroine of the story, goes through life thinking it to be like a Gothic novel. but her real experiences soon bring her down to earth. At 17, she's taken by her aunt to Bath where she encounters the social whirl denied her at home. She befriends Isabella and her boorish brother, John, who is determined to have Catherine for himself. But a string of deceptions follow and Catherine eventually sees through the tricks and lies. Tim Luscombe's adaptation sees the book, The Mysteries of Udolpho, come to life within the play itself.

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Rehearsals get underway

Northanger Abbey will be directed by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds' Director Karen Simpson, who said: "I love Jane Austen and Northanger Abbey is one of my favourites. This adaptation is really playful and enables us to have real theatrical fun as we set the social whirl of Bath against the Gothic drama of The Mysteries of Udolpho. The characters are still so fresh and vibrant today." The cast of Northanger Abbey is made up of Emma Ballantine, Eva Feiler, Jonathan Hansler, Harry Livingstone, Joe Parker, Annabelle Terry, Hilary Tones and Joseph Tweedale, with rehearsals having commenced just a week into the new year in Bury St Edmunds. The show will open at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 2 February and runs until Saturday 11 February before embarking on its national tour.

Tim Luscombe
A new adaptation by Tim Luscombe

Northanger Abbey will be appearing at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from Monday 13 February to Wednesday 15 February. Tickets priced from 21 for adults and 20 for students are available online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

Northanger Abbey
The cast learn their lines

UK Tour Dates

Feb 2 - 11 Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Feb 13 - 15 Lichfield Garrick
Feb 20 - 22 Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne

Mar 8 - 11 The Haymarket Basingstoke
Mar 14 - 18 Theatr Clwyd Mold
Mar 20 - 25 Theatre Royal Windsor

Apr 3 - 6 Northcott Theatre Exeter
Apr 10 - 12 Derby Theatre

May 2 - 6 New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich
May 9 - 13 The Dukes Lancaster
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Why? A Compelling New Adaptation of Northanger Abbey
When: 2 Feb - 13 May 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets from 21 (20 students)
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