Tag: Pride and Prejudice

Sitting with Jane and Her Forgotten Peers

In the summer of 2017, a handful of towns in England celebrated the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death by hosting a project called Sitting with Jane.[1] Sitting with Jane is an art trail featuring twenty-four Austen-themed book-shaped benches in public spaces. While most of the benches are located in the Basingstoke area—the project’s home base—a…

Unbecoming Jane Austen: Review of Austen’s Pride: A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice, Directed by Igor Goldin

Location: Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY Event Date: July 13 – July 24, 2016 Review Date: July 21 and July 22, 2016 To the possible surprise of many readers, dramatic adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels have a long history, dating back to the 1890s and proliferating throughout the twentieth-century.…

Build Your Vocabulary with Huggable 18th-Century Favorites

What are men to wool and needles? Brothers Jack and Holman Wang, the creative minds behind the Google Doodle for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 148th birthday, are making eighteenth-century classics more huggable with their unique needle-felted adaptations. Their celebrated board book series, Cozy Classics, embraces well-loved titles like Emma, Les Misérables, and Jane Eyre as inspiration…

Exhibition at the Folger: Will & Jane (6 Aug. 2016-6 Nov. 2016)

On 6 August 2016, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity opens at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Austen scholar Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin) and theatre historian Kristina Straub (Carnegie Mellon University) are co-curating the exhibition. Barchas and Straub examine the parallel two-hundred-year cycles of celebrity of literary giants William…

The Gate Theatre’s Pride and Prejudice in Hong Kong

The Gate Theatre Company housed in an eighteenth-century building in Dublin, Ireland, associated with the playwrights Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Harold Pinter (1930-2008), andBrian Friel (b. 1929), has debuted a stage performance of Pride and Prejudice, in English with Chinese subtitles, in Hong Kong at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Lyric Theatre, which seats…

Emma takes the Stage: Jane Austen’s Emma, Directed by Jim Schneider

Location: Stage 772, Chicago, IL Event Date: April 18-May 25, 2014 Review Date: April 19, 2014 A friend of mine—a Victorianist turned librarian—once said to me “I can tell you study the eighteenth century because of how you emphasize Jane Austen’s satire over her romance.” At the time, I was ranting about how the2005 Kiera…