Mansfield Park: Theatre Royal Bath
Theatre Royal Bath
In Jane Austen's story of Mansfield Park we get a good lesson in English history.
It's set in a time of change with the new industrialisation of Portsmouth, the whole question of slavery –in this case on the island of Antigua – the usual decadence in Regency London, a ruling class fighting to hold on to its power and the first hint of the emergence of women as the equals of men in the eyes of the world.
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But far better than a history lesson is the fact that it is such a rollicking good story full of love, treachery, heartless men, faithful swains and what today we would call sex but in its day was more smouldering passion.
In this Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production we get a new adaptation of the story by Tim Luscombe who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has since been nominated for several Olivier Awards for his London productions.
While the set is simple it is also very stylish giving us lots of movement as the players tell the story of a young girl who is sent to live with rich relations at Mansfield Park and falls in love with the youngest son.
A thoroughly entertaining evening with a play matched perfectly to its surroundings.