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Preview: Sense and Sensibility at Newcastle People’s Theatre

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love!”

Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen (adapted by Jessica Swale)
Newcastle People’s Theatre
Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th May 2016

Cheated of their rightful inheritance, the Dashwood sisters and their mother are forced from the comfort of their family home to live in a humble Devon cottage.

But the eminently sensible Elinor and the impulsive Marianne are nonetheless determined to find love, chasing their dreams to London and back again.

Jane Austen may have been writing her novels some two hundred years ago, but her themes of love and heartbreak, society and a woman’s place in it, the head versus the heart are universal and timeless.

 L-R Edward Ferras (Richard Priday), Willoughby (Sam Hinton),
Colonel Brandon (David Parker), Mrs Jennings (Helga McNeil), Mr Jennings (David Downing)
Seated – Elinor (Sara Jo Harrison) and Marianne Dashwood (Geffen Yoeli Rimmer) 
Photo: Paula Smart
Adaptations over the years range from the more traditional like Emma Thompson’s Oscar winning film of Sense and Sensibility to the more extreme such as 90s coming-of-age comedy Clueless (based on Emma) or the recent Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

Edward Ferras (Richard Priday) & Elinor Dashwood (Sara Jo Harrison)
Photo: Paula Smart
Our Sense And Sensibility director Kate Wilkins says ”Austen was clearly a great observer of people and life, and she created wonderful characters in all her novels. Jessica Swales’ adaptation presents lots of challenges, and we’ve had a wonderful time working our way through them and getting to love the characters and events that unfold.”

Jessica Swale's charming, funny, and beautifully crafted adaptation was first presented at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre in 2014. It wrings every ounce of heartbreak, irony, and romance from this dearly-loved comedy of manners.

Marianne Dashwood (Geffen Yoeli Rimmer) 
and Colonel Brandon (David Parker)
Photo: Paula Smart
At the time Swale was hailed as “the stage’s brightest rising star” and she went on to win the Best New Comedy Olivier Award earlier this year for Nell Gwynnstarring Gemma Arterton.

We are excited to present her fresh, funny and moving adaptation of Sense And Sensibilitynext week. For Austen devotees, it will certainly delight and newcomers to her work will be captivated.

Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen comes to the People’s Theatre in Newcastle from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th  May 2016 at 7.30pm
Tickets:      £13.50 (Concessions £11)
Box Office: 0191 265 5020 and


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