West End set to get Austentatious premiere

Reporter: Robin Johnson, first published Wed 13 Sep 2017 16:17
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The smash-hit Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel is set to hit the West End this Winter, following a major UK tour and a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country’s sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

Performed in full Regency costume with live musical accompaniment, no two shows of Austentatious are ever the same.

The cast of Austentatious (Photo: Robert Viglasky)

The cast of Austentatious (Photo: Robert Viglasky)

Previous ’lost‘ masterpieces include The Sixth Sense And Sensibility, Mansfield Shark and Double 0 Darcy. Audiences can expect witty heroines, dashing gents and preposterous plots - and a fair dollop of swooning to boot. Whether you’ve read all of Austen’s works or none of them, the hilarious show promises a totally new experience. 

Underbelly Productions’ Ed Bartlam said: “Austentatious has been one of the most successful and best-loved shows we’ve worked with in both Edinburgh and on the South Bank in recent years, so it’s a huge privilege to be able to bring them to a West End audience for the first time.

"It’s their biggest production ever but, as the great lady herself said: ‘One cannot have too large a party’, so bring it on.”

Austentatious said: “Where better to spend the night with one’s most favourite and wittiest friends than at the Piccadilly Theatre? Let literary mischief commence...”

The cast of Austentatious (Photo: Robert Viglasky)

The cast of Austentatious (Photo: Robert Viglasky)

Austenatious will play at the Piccadilly Theatre on Tuesdays 5 December 2017, 23 January 2018 and 13 February.

Tickets will be available through the show's website.