Finally, we've heard news that the Chicago Chamber Orchestra will be touring the UK again this year with their musical production of Persuasion. This year will be the first time that the production will be performed in Wales; with a performance on August the 3rd in Cardiff. Other confirmed dates are for July 31st in Portsmouth, and August 7th in Paignton. More details can be found here.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is offering adaptations of Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility this August – and for the truly obsessive there is a one-man play about Mr Astley, one of the few real people mentioned in Jane Austen’s novels – or at least his famous equestrian show is mentioned in Emma, where Mr and Mrs John Knightley, their two eldest sons, their house guest Harriet Smith and Robert Martin attend a performance. The improvised comedy group Austentatious (in which the audience is asked to write down titles for a supposedly newly discovered Austen novel and the company picks one out of a hat and then acts it out) is also back for what will probably be another successful year.