Following a season of smash-hit performances during 2018, we are delighted to mark the 243rd anniversary of Austen’s birth (on 16 December 1775) by announcing that we will begin a Monday night residency at the Fortune Theatre, London from 18 February 2019.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW, giving you enough time to secure a last-minute Christmas present for the Austen/comedy/getting-out-of-the-house lover in your life.
What’s more, a new loyalty card is also being introduced offering you a fifth performance for free once you’ve attended four performances at the Fortune Theatre. It is entirely different every time after all, so why not start every week with a dose of the best medicine!
We do so hope to see you there – maybe we don’t hate Mondays after all…
Studious cavalier Mr Andrew Hunter Murray is preparing to tour the country with his delightful podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, and he and his well-read colleagues have just published their latest book, the all-encompassing mirth-bible The Book of the Year 2018.
Miss Charlotte Gittins is fleeing the country to improvise in French at a big impro festival on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean; which may be the biggest threat to international relations since Napoleon. She is also delighted to be working on a documentary series with Jeff Goldblum, a gentleman of no little renown.
Mr Graham Dickson has just released a new short film, Down From London. He continues to perform and teach at The Free Association and is busy overseeing the theatre’s move to a brand new venue in 2019, which is quite the talk of high society. He will also be performing his most recent solo show, Timber, at Soho Theatre in Spring 2019.
In quite sensational news Miss Cariad’s Lloyd’s acclaimed Griefcast won a most prestigious ARIA for Best Podcast. What’s more, she’s just finished filming Lee & Dean for Channel 4, and the panto she has co-written – Dick Whittington – is now on at the Lyric Hammersmith (oh yes it is!).
Mr Daniel Nils Roberts launched his humorous short documentary about the Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham Bombastic Rubbish with an event at the Hippodrome, and has skewered Scandinavia in another short film about the mysterious Jante Law for BBC Ideas. He’s also all a-fluster preparing to perform his new solo show The History of the World in 1 Hour in Australia. Who ever heard of blazing sun in February?!
Miss Rachel Parris can shortly be found doing a Christmas Show called There Will Be Christmas Cake, at the Omnibus in Clapham, from 18-23 December, and her glittering performance on Live At The Apollo recently aired, and is now a must-watch on the iPlayer.
Some say Joseph Morpurgo can be seen wandering the North Downs at night, a wraith-like figure wreathed in mist, incandescent eyes blazing through the gloaming, and a primal howl falling from his foaming jowls. He may just be enjoying the festive season at home though.
From Portsmouth to Peterborough, from Leicester to Lancaster, we restored some of dearest Jane’s more esoteric works to the
Great British public. There was the mouthwatering musical Willoughby Wonka (replete with poorly-paid Oompa Loompas), the spine-chilling Mr Darcy & Mr Hyde (the Gothic horror thankfully diffused by replacing the potion with God’s milk), and the incomparable experience of Something Nasty in the Woodhouse (let’s just say we’ll never look at B&Q, soup or hats the same way
To our splendid audiences, our sincerest thanks. You were truly wonderful, and we can’t wait to see you again next year,
suggestions at the ready!
In the mean time, you can catch us back at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, with extra December shows to celebrate the Christmas season!
What fun we had enacting such eye-widening tales as Periods & Patriarchy, The Murder at Wobblescotch Manor, and the decidedly risqué When Cousins Marry, in the grand surroundings of the beautifully restored McEwan Hall.
We also mustn’t forget that much-loved staple of the Edinburgh Fringe calendar – Crosstentatious. A one-off special edition of the show where the ladies don the garb of gentlemen and vice-versa! This time around Rebels & Responsibility raised several thousand pounds for the excellent local charity Waverley Care. It also featured possums, jacuzzis and more recreational drug use than we think Jane would normally have included in her novels, but if you put Andrew Hunter Murray in a dress what more can you expect?
We shall have but a short rest in front of the blazing hearth before we set off once again, gallivanting across the country on our national tour, popping back only to frequent London’s Savoy Theatre for our monthly West End shows.
Thank you kindly to everyone who packed out the Hall, and see you next year, Edinburgh, you beautiful beast!