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★★★★★ “Ridiculously silly…wickedly funny”The Times
About the event
Austentatious is saddling the horses for a Grand Tour of the United Kingdom!
Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.
The show comes fresh from six sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a monthly residency in London’s West End and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death. Now their show will be appearing at two dozen theatres across the country to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure.
Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
★★★★ “A joy to behold” The Guardian
★★★★ “Supersmart and terrifically funny” The Scotsman
“A bravura slab of improvisation” – Independent
Miss Amy Cooke-Hodgson is a woman of most extravagant folly. She has appeared in such notable theatricals as Olivier Award-winning ‘La Bohème’ and Howard Goodall’s ‘Girlfriends’, and has oft been spied ‘pretending to be someone else’ upon the televisual box. She has been extemporising for over a decade with the likes of ‘Showstopper!’, ‘Abandoman’ and ‘Unavailable for Comment’, and she does silly voices for Cartoon Network. You may frequently find her beating butter cream whilst writing tempting recipes for ‘Standard Issue’ magazine
Mr. Andrew Hunter Murray is one of the so-called ‘comedians’ who can be found infesting the nation’s theatres and ballrooms. He spends his days writing for the television programme Quite Interesting, also known as ‘QI’, and penning outrageous jests at ‘Private Eye’ magazine. Further, he can be heard exploring natural philosophy and other wonders each week in the ‘No Such Things As A Fish’ podcast and in the Eye’s ‘Page 94’ podcast. Admit him to your town at your peril.
Miss Charlotte Gittins is uncommonly fond of theatricals, be they afore-written or extemporaneous; indeed, if there are boards within her vicinity, she is wont to tread upon them. Her honeyed tones and consumptive pallor have graced both stage and screen, and, when not shewing off, she is often to be found documenting matters artistic, literary or historical for one of the nation’s most beloved acronyms. A creature of sesquipedalian tendencies, she attacks bons-mots, errant apostrophes and exquisite biscuits with all the untamed ardour of a jubilant puppy. Home Counties repression precludes her from confessing her undying love for Earl Grey.
Mr. Joseph Morpurgo, despite his prodigious allowance, is a renowned dabbler in comical and literary pursuits. This itinerant jester has been nominated for Best Show at ‘Mr. Foster’s Edinburgh Comedic Awards’, appeared in BBC Two’s ‘Harry & Paul’ and Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’, and performed improvisational feats with the likes of the ‘Comedy Store Players’ and ‘Baby Wants Candy’. He hopes to purchase a daguerrotype with the proceeds of tonight’s theatricals
Amiable wit Mr. Daniel Nils Roberts hawks faradiddles the world over with errant rogues Racing Minds, and has presented impromptu diversions with a dazzling array of collaborators. He has achieved some acclaim of late for his award-nominated solitary character comedy excursions, and he enjoys sedate barouche rides in the breezy Oxfordshire countryside as he awaits the fruits of his primogeniture.
‘Mr.’ Graham Dickson, otherwise known as ‘the scourge of the innocent’. When he is not wreaking considerable ruin upon noble families across the land, he can be found performing and teaching at ‘The Free Association’, London’s premier improv theatre and school. He has appeared in such televisual delights as ‘Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge’, ‘Cyber Hijack’ and ‘Anti-Social Network’, and can be heard making a mockery of the cinematic critical establishment in his amusing weekly podcast ‘Coming Soon!’. It is whispered that he owns more than 300 waistcoats.
Recommended for ages 12+
The performance cast varies each show.
Each show stars 5-6 members of the cast.
We are thrilled to be travelling the length and breadth of the country, rediscovering the lost classics Austen wrote and promptly forgot about. We love and admire Jane’s works and the public deserve an intimate acquaintance with them, particularly the very prescient ones about Donald Trump.
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