Jane Austen returns to Lyme Regis

LYME Regis was a favourite destination for Jane Austen and is the setting for a critical and dramatic scene in her last completed novel, Persuasion, so it is fitting that a new adaptation of this autumnal and moving story is coming to the town’s Marine Theatre, on 18th and 19th May.

Jane Austen visited the town twice, and her descriptions show her love of the town – “the principal street almost hurrying into the water, the walk to the Cobb, skirting round the pleasant little bay, which, in the season, is animated with bathing machines and company … are what the stranger’s eye will seek.”

Key scenes from the BBC2 film adaptation of the book were filmed on the Cobb.

For all those who have read the book, or seen the films, the story is unforgettable. Young Anne Elliot was in love with the dashing but poor naval officer, Captain Wentworth. Her ambitious and snobbish family tore them apart. Years later, they meet again under very different circumstances …

Filled with live music, drama, laughter and romance from a cast of actors and musicians, Theatre6’s Persuasion, adapted by Stephanie Dale, directed by Kate McGregor, has had some glowing reviews.  The Telegraph said it was “a rewarding, haunting evening” and The Guardian praised “a brilliant ensemble.”