AUSTEN'S WOMEN brings the brilliance of Jane Austen to life! With excerpts from thirteen of Jane Austen's characters, pieced together by Austen's brilliant narrator, Austen's Women reveals just how relevant and satirical the best selling regency author remains.
The show premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009 to wonderful reviews and returned in 2013 and 2017, again to packed houses and 5 star reviews. It had a successful West End run at the Leicester Square Theatre, and garnered 5 star reviews at the 2010 Adelaide Festival and has since been packing out the houses on tour.
Directed by GUY MASTERSON (Morecambe)
Written and performed by REBECCA VAUGHAN (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Dalloway, Female Gothic, I, Elizabeth, The Diaries of Adam and Eve)
SELL OUT RUN at 2009 & 2013 Edinburgh Festivals and Adelaide Festival 2010
Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works.
In this much-loved Edinburgh sell-out hit, using only Austen’s words, Rebecca Vaughan (Dalloway, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic) becomes Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women in critical moments from Austen’s major novels (including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma) and lesser known or unfinished works.
Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe).
'Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting performers on the British stage'' (British Theatre Guide)
'A theatrical masterpiece… utterly faultless and vastly entertaining' (Three Weeks)
’Magical… One the the highlights of this year's Fringe’ (Edinburgh Southside Advertiser)
'Nothing short of breathtaking... You won't see many one-woman shows as good as this.' (Adelaide Theatre Guide)
'Cleverly written and superbly performed'' (One4Review)
'Beautifully performed'' (Adelaide City Messenger)
'Witty and fast-paced, but sprinkled with pathos and reflection, and will resonate with a modern audience whether they are fans of the novels or not' (Adelaide Advertiser)
'A masterful one woman show” (Australian Stage)
'A tour-de-force performance, drawing us into a world which is entirely credible' (Whatsonstage)
'Vaughan's performance was unfaultable...this is a thoroughly enjoyable exploration of women & is thoroughly recommended' (Edinburgh Guide)
'A startling feat of performance, portrayal, writing & direction...each character has been carefully created and each is a piece in itself...strongly recommended' (Fringe Review)
'Austen's Women could give a few tips to some comedy shows, not just in timing and subject material, but use of pathos and verisimilitude. Enjoy.' (Edinburgh Evening News)
"Passes the Austen-fan test with flying colours...An Austen treat" (Hairline)
"A loving homage...the piece is tightly corseted, but frilly, flowing and flamboyant in all the right places" (The Stage)