Northanger Abbey

Theatre (new writing, adaptation)

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Seventeen-year-old Catherine lives a quiet life in the country with only Gothic novels for excitement. That is, until she receives an invitation from the Tilney family to join them at their home, Northanger Abbey. Enchanted by the estate's Gothic grandeur, Catherine finally feels as though she has fallen into one of her favourite novels, but soon discovers the pitfalls of confusing fact and fiction. A new and unconventional adaptation of Austen's hilarious classic. Featuring live music and performed at the elegant French Institute. 'It is impossible not to be charmed, gripped and thrilled' ***** (

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Ada Palmer 114 days ago

Absolutely delightful! A brilliantly-edited adaptation, capturing the best of the original language of the novel and presenting the over-the-top charm of the characters with fresh and clever dramatic techniques. Perfect pacing and humor, excellent performances from every actor, not a wasted moment. Highly recommended!

Jo Walton 114 days ago

Best adaptation of this book I've ever seen in any medium, this was absolutely delightful -- well acted, and very true to the book. I was smiling all the way through and frequently broke into giggles.

James Adutt 118 days ago

A charming miniature of Jane Austen’s parodical novel, imaginatively recreated by an excellent cast. The interweaving of dialogue and authorial voice is seamless, as are the transitions which several cast members have to make between characters and genders in this scaled down version. All are distinctive and true portrayals. Among scenes that stand out are John’s refusal to allow Catherine to leave the carriage on their drive, and Henry’s narrating a fantastical gothic scene of the Abbey for Catherine as her imagination runs wild - both imaginatively staged using minimal props. This is a lovely production of a wonderful novel, enchanting and amusing in equal measure - go see!

Anne Hamilton 119 days ago

This was a thoroughly enjoyable production of Northangar Abbey by a fresh young company - perfect for the Jane Austen novel. The standard of acting was excellent and there was just the right amount of humour. The string trio played well and felt appropriate for the scenes being portrayed. Definitely worth seeing.

FringeFan1985 120 days ago

A charming adaptation of the novel, very well-cast, particularly the character of John Thorpe. The actor playing Henry Tilney needs to make sure he's learnt his lines, though - several stumbles made it clear he wasn't comfortable off-book - and, sadly, the string trio wasn't up to the level of the actors. 4/5.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

An innovative production which breathes life into Austen’s classic novel...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 118 days ago

For those who enjoy Jane Austen and period pieces this is a must see...

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