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Austentatious comes to the Piccadilly Theatre for three dates only

Austentatious. Photo by Robert Viglasky.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a major UK tour, Austentatious will visit the Piccadilly Theatre on December 5, 2017 and January 23 and February 13, 2018.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that anyone in possession of wit and good taste must be in want of great entertainment…

Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country’s sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Whether you’ve read all of Austen’s works or none of them, this hilarious show will be a totally new experience.

Performed in full Regency costume with live musical accompaniment, no two shows are ever the same. Previous ’lost‘ masterpieces include The Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Shark and Double 0 Darcy. Expect witty heroines, dashing gents and preposterous plots. Swooning guaranteed.

Austentatious is presented by Austentatious and Underbelly Productions and Underbelly’s Ed Bartlam said: “Austentatious has been one of the most successful and best-loved shows we’ve worked with in both Edinburgh and on the South Bank in recent years, so it’s a huge privilege to be able to bring them to a West End audience for the first time. It’s their biggest production ever but, as the great lady herself said: ‘One cannot have too large a party’, so bring it on.

This summer, Austentatious recorded a one-off special for BBC Radio 4 and returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their sixth consecutive sell-out run. Since their first show in a London pub in 2011, they have travelled the UK, selling out four national tours and performing over 400 ‘lost’ novels. They won the Chortle Award for ‘Best Character, Improv or Sketch Group’ in 2014 and were named ‘Best Improvised Comedy Act’ in 2016’s What’s On London Comedy Awards.

2017 marks 200 years of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published a few months after Jane Austen’s death in 1817.

Austentatious is performed by Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Andrew Hunter Murray, Cariad Lloyd, Charlotte Gittins, Daniel Nils Roberts, Graham Dickson, Joseph Morpurgo and Rachel Parris.

Austentatious has set and costume design by Andrew D. Edwards and lighting design by Jonathan Monkhouse.

Tickets: on sale from Thursday, September 14. To book, call 0844 871 7630 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge) or visit www.atgtickets.com/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Annie is currently booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until February 18. It will be followed – from March 16, 2018 – by Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical.