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Jane Austen at Home
A costumed recital-performance of extracts from the writings of Jane Austen.
Please note that the matinee performance is now fully booked. Tickets are still available for the evening show.
Chawton House Library hosts a charming and delightful performance that celebrates the variety and wit of Jane Austen’s writings. Comprised from fascinating extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels, you will be drawn into the world of those who lived in country houses in the early 1800s. The piece captures Austen’s intelligence and warm-heartedness and exhibits much of her perceptive and often satirical observation of the social life of English country families.
Austen at Home is performed by the captivating Emerald O’Hanrahan; the voice of Emma in The Archers, graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and winner of the Carleton Hobbs competition. The performance is produced by Jeremy Musson; author, broadcaster and historic buildings expert and is devised by Stephan Siddall who has directed for BBC2 and the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
‘Emerald O’Hanrahan held the audience spell-bound. It is a performance full of light and shade. She takes us from Jane Austen at her lightest through to heart-rending sadness. It is a wonderful show.’
Derek Matravers, Professor of Aesthetics, Cambridge University
1:30 p.m. tea, coffee and cake
2.00 p.m. performance
3:45 p.m. finish
6.15 p.m. wine and canapés in the Old Kitchen.
6:45 p.m. performance
8:30 p.m. finish
Chawton House Library
Welcome to Chawton House Library, We are an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library's unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother, Edward; the library, house and gardens - plus an always fascinating calendar of events - make Chawton House Library a very special and memorable place to visit and enjoy.