Bath steps back in time for Austen festival
This year's Jane Austen Festival promises to be the busiest in the event's 12-year history.
One of the highlights of last year's Festival was the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade. The traffic in Milsom Street was stopped last year when 500 people in Regency costumes were lead by the town crier and drums from Queen Square to Parade Gardens.
On Saturday, the promenade hopes to emulate last year's success with the addition of the red coats to complete this world famous spectacle.
On Sunday night there will be an unmissable Evening with Mr Wickham. Adrian Lukis, who played the infamous villain in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, will be joined by actress Caroline Langrishe for an entertaining evening of a selection of Austen's duologues.
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On Tuesday, there will be an outing to Stourhead House and other gardens in Wiltshire to see the film location of Pride & Prejudice which starred Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
There will be the opportunity to fully explore the gardens with a guided tour and a trip to the temple of Apollo where Darcy proposed to Elizabeth. It is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day for all Jane Austen lovers who particularly favour this popular novel.
On Wednesday there will be another theatrical treat – the Tin Roof Productions theatre company from the USA will be performing Sense and Sensibility, the musical. A combination of beautiful melodies with one of Austen's most beloved tales which will undoubtedly cause tears as you experience the romance, humour and heartbreak of this novel in a completely new and different way. Thursday evening will showcase another kind of entertainment as A Noisy Game of Lottery Tickets will be held at the Jane Austen Centre. Prepare for a night of Regency card games as played by Austen and her characters.
For the penultimate day Ladies of a certain age, presented by History Wardrobe, is an event you will not want to miss. This short piece of theatre focuses on the older women of Austen's novels. This humorous celebration features all sorts of characters from Miss Bates to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
On the last night of the festival, back by popular demand, is the Jane Austen Festival Regency Costumed Masked Ball. This fantastic event gives you the opportunity to put on your finest Regency ball gown and for men it is breeches, stockings and buckled shoes all topped off with a wonderful Venetian style mask.
It is held in the Pump Room where the high society of Austen's time enjoyed lavish balls just as it is to be on Friday night.
For the final day, Saturday, September 22, there will be a walking tour of Jane Austen's Bath. You will have the opportunity to discover the places Austen got to know during her time here and wrote about in her letters.
The finale of the whole festival, Reading Histories, Drawing Pullets, is performed by Artifice, a theatre company who have performed with great reviews at the Edinburgh fringe.
For full listings and information visit www.janeausten.co.uk.