In celebration of Jane Austen's bi-centennial year, Little Ponton Hall is delighted to be hosting an open-air stage adaptation of her popular comedy of manners Emma on Friday 25th August.
As well as enjoying a night of lively entertainment and laughter, audience members will have an opportunity to visit the Hall's gardens for one hour prior to the show's start at 7:30pm.
This evening is part of a summer tour by professional theatre company DOT Productions of a new of this play especially created by No Vuaghan Thomas, and features a cast of only 5 actors.
Austen's work is well known for exploring the challenges faced by women in Georgian-Regency Britain and Emma perfectly portrays this theme. For the play's charming heroine, Emma Woodhouse, life is pretty good - if a bit boring - so her decision to spice things up a bit by taking on her protege Harriet Smith. Although determined not to marry herself, Emma decides to find Harriet a husband and sets about playing Cupid with the village men. However, her carefully laid plans unravel with unexpected consequences and Emma learns life doesn't always go the way you want it to!
Little Ponton Hall, the home of Mr and Mrs George McCorquodale, is the perfect setting for Austen's most celebrated novel which was first published in 1815. The 18th century home features spacious lawns, a 200 year old Cedar tree and a walled vegetable garden featuring Victorian greenhouses full of exotic plants and a listed dovecote.
The performance is part of a ten week tour which includes dates in Brighton, London, Ipswich and Oxford, and is one of only two taking place in Lincolnshire. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and chairs to sit on and can also picnics during the show.
Little Ponton Hall is in Little Ponton, 2 miles south east of Grantham, NG33 5BS. Tickets cost £12 and can be booked in advance by calling 0333 666 3366, visiting dot-productions.co.uk or calling Wendy Carter on 01476 530102 or can be bought on the door for £15
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Updated 20:32 - 17 Aug 2017 by Simon Hayes