Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
adapted by Jessica Swale
directed by Casey Stangl
September 1, 2018 - September 29, 2018

5 Plays for the Price of 4

The Dashwood sisters—practical Elinor and impulsive Marianne—are of good social standing and marriageable age. When Father dies and their half-brother skimps on their inheritance, they are forced to leave their grand estate for a tiny, cold cottage. Just as life seems its bleakest, a handsome stranger arrives on horseback and the sisters are convinced their futures are secured. Follow Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back in this charming romantic classic.

Previews: ​September ​1–​6, 2018
First Night: ​September 7, 2018
Regular Performances: September ​8–29, 2018

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

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Jessica Swale is a writer and director. She is artistic director of Red Handed Theatre Company and a returning playwright at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Her plays include Nell Gwynn (winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award, 2015), All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company) and adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far From the Madding Crowd (Watermill) and The Secret Garden (Grosvenor Park, Chester). Her first play, Blue Stockings (Shakespeare's Globe), is now a set text for the British General Certificate of Secondary Education. She is currently writing a new play, The Mission, about illegal adoptions in the 1920s. In 2012, she won a BAFTA JJ Screenwriting Bursary and has just completed an original screenplay, Summerland. As a director, her credits include Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse), Bedlam (Shakespeare's Globe), The Belle's Stratagem (Evening Standard Best Director, 2012 nomination), The Busy Body, The Rivals, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse), The School for Scandal (Park Theatre), Palace of the End (Arcola), Winter (Theatre Newfoundland, Canada) and Sleuth, Sense and Sensibility and Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre). Swale has also directed a number of Shakespeare plays in the Balkans and the Marshall Islands for the non-governmental organization, Youth Bridge Global. She is the author of a best-selling series of drama games books, published by Nick Hern. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and Exeter University.

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