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JANE Austen created some of romantic literature’s most celebrated charaters and 200 years on, her books continue to speak for the yearning heart of the female.

So just how much has really changed for women since?

In a solo performance - using only Austen’s words - actor Rebecca Vaughan answers the question by revisiting the most rewarding moments from all six of the major novels – including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma – plus those in lesser known works such as Juvenilia and the unfinished Sanditon.

In scenes of high comedy and profound pathos, Vaughan deconstructs the souls of Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women.

Divorced from their historical context the women present a glorious distillation of 19th century feminism and speak volumes about love, friendship, and notorious improprieties.

Austen’s Women will be at the Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, February 9, 8pm.

Call 01442 228091 for tickets or go online at www.oldtownhall.co.uk.