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Enjoy an open-air theatre production of the award winning play Jane Austen and The Cheltonians in the beautiful grounds of Chawton House.

What if at Jane Austen's death, not all of her letters and manuscripts from her stay in Cheltenham had been burnt by her sister? Enter her novel The Cheltonians. As observant as ever of Society's ills and set in 1816, the year following Waterloo, Emma Woodhouse now newly married, finds herself in Cheltenham sampling the waters from its spas. But the arrivals of a Jamaican-born widow of a wealthy ship owner and then that of an army officer, soon prove too great a temptation for Emma, and it is not long before she starts matchmaking with disastrous consequences. Jane Austen and The Cheltonians provides an insightful and timeless social commentary on our manners and our morals.

Following its sell-out premier in March 2019 at the Cheltenham Literary Festival Anthology Extended, the play toured to the 7th Stroud Theatre Festival in September 2019, then to the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham Irving Studio in February 2020 where it sold out and to the London Theatre, Churchill Theatre Bromley in March 2020. Due to Covid-19 further touring, supported by Arts Council England, was suspended. The production now resumes its tour in 2021 at Chawton House Hampshire on 25th June 2021, followed by the Bath Jane Austen Festival on 15th September 2021.

Doors open at 5.30pm. Performance begins at 7pm.

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Chawton House

Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

01420 541010


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Temporarily closed - Opening 17 May

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