Jane Austen & The CheltoniansEvent Website
A delightfully witty play which captures the very essence of Jane Austen’s novels. Set in Cheltenham and inspired by Jane Austen’s visit to the town and her most recent novel ‘Emma’, this play provides a witty commentary on marriage, morals and love. It is May 1816 and Jane Austen and her literary muse Emma Knightly (née Woodhouse) find themselves in Cheltenham for the 100th anniversary of Cheltenham Spa. Left to fill her days, the temptation to indulge in matchmaking again proves too great for Emma with the arrival of Eloisa Fairweather, the widow of a wealthy ship owner from Bristol, and a young army officer, who claims to be a war hero from the Battle of Waterloo. Delicious complications follow as love letters go astray and Emma finds herself the attention of the young army officer. This is a play by Terence Rattigan Playwrights’ Award Finalist Caroline Summerfield .