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Jane Austen’s Feisty Farewell


Friday 23 June 2017   Alton House Hotel, 7.30-9pm

Members of Alton Fringe Theatre are delighted to be renewing their participation in the town’s Regency Week programme during the year that marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Our contribution will take the form of a Talk with Readings devoted to Sanditon, Jane’s last novel which was left incomplete as her final illness worsened in March 1817.  The nature and significance of this work will be discussed by Mike Biddiss, and further illuminated through extracts read by colleagues from Alton Fringe Theatre.

Sanditon highlights the follies associated with the development of a new Regency seaside resort, and remains among the liveliest of Jane’s creations.  Here her characters include an over-enthusiastic entrepreneur, some untreatable hypochondriacs, and a penniless baronet whose attempts at heiress-seduction have been fuelled by too much exposure to ‘sentimental novels’!

Please join us at for this special evening in celebration of Jane’s courageous farewell to her literary art, when the Hotel’s bar facilities will also be readily available both before and after our presentation.