Austen’s heroines will be centre stage

austen heroine harpenden public halls april 2013
austen heroine harpenden public halls april 2013

Readers may keep a special place in their hearts for Mr D’Arcy, but it’s the female characters in Jane Austen’s work who are the most memorable.

And Rebecca Vaughan has constructed a one-woman show which offers a whistlestop tour through the great author’s canon, featuring 13 of her creations and using only her words.

The show, which will be arriving at Harpenden’s Public Halls on Thursday, April 18 at 7.30pm, is billed as a bold revisiting of the most exciting moments from Austen’s work.

In scenes of high comedy and moments of profound pathos, Lizzy Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Marianne Dashwood and many more, fall in love, alienate their friends and commit notorious improprieties.

It also serves as an illuminating distillation of 19th century feminism – and if that sounds like your thing, call 01582 767525.