A new adaptation of Jane Austen’s popular romantic novel Emma is being staged at King’s Lynn Art Centre by the Hotbuckle Theatre.
With a strong female protagonist and themes that are still relevant today, the audience can see how the historic book, published in 1815, has been adapted for contemporary theatre under the direction of Adrian Preater.
Previous reviews of the company have been applauding, including a four-star rating by The Stage which called their performance of Persuasion “pure theatre magic”.
Hotbuckle performances are carried out with humour and emotion by a strong cast of young and old, making them accessible for everyone.
Emma tells the story of Emma Woodhouse who is handsome, clever, rich, and also a bit of a meddler.
After her friend and governess Miss Taylor is married to a gentleman she introduced her to, Emma is certain she must become a matchmaker. She then decides to find a love for her new friend, Harriet Smith. Could it be Mr Elton, the young vicar? Or Frank Churchill, who recently returned home after a long absence?
Will it all end well? Or will there be a slight chance Emma couldn’t match people as clearly as she first thought?
An ideal play for Jane Austen followers, fans of romantic novels or TV adaptations and English literature or drama students, Emma is a classic tale of love from the perspective of an over-confident young woman. Prepare yourself for a rocky journey through the perils of misunderstood romance!
Hotbuckle Theatre was formed in 2006 by Adrian Preater and his wife Gemma Aston. Adrian, who has appeared in such films as Gosford Park, Love Actually and Enigma, has since written, adapted and produced all the Hotbuckle shows.
Emma is being staged on Friday, September 25 at 7.30pm in the Guildhall Theatre.
Tickets cost £12 (concession £10) and for students there is an introductory discounted rate of £5 per ticket which can be received by quoting “student offer” and the school or college at which they study when booking their ticket.
To book tickets you should call the Arts Centre box office on 01553 764864 and for more information on upcoming exhibitions, workshops and theatre shows, call 01553 779095 or visit www.kingslynnarts.co.uk