Matchmaking takes centre stage in Jane Austen’s Emma at Down Arts Centre

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Friday, October 16th, 2015
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Down Arts Centre is delighted that Hotbuckle Theatre Company is returning to entertain audiences with another classic tale on Sunday 18th October at 8pm – Jane Austen’s most perfect novel, Emma.

Emma portrait“I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. She’s also a bit of a meddler. After her governess is married to the kindly Mr Weston, at Emma’s instigation of course, Miss Woodhouse’s path in life is clear. She must become a matchmaker.

Who better to start with than awkward, unpolished Harriet Smith – she of unknown parentage and the unfortunate object of a most unsuitable gentleman’s affections? Emma really has no choice but to take charge of the situation.

Why, with her help, who knows how far Miss Smith could reach? Mr Elton, the charming young vicar? Or the prodigal son Frank Churchill, recently returned home after a long absence? But as her interfering gets out of hand and events spiral beyond her control, it may be time for Emma to question her judgement.

Gently advised by childhood friend Mr Knightley, can Emma untangle the web she’s spun? And what does she truly know of her own heart? Emma’s Highbury, full of eccentricities and secrets, is brought enchantingly to life with live music and Hotbuckle’s trademark ensemble style.

Following on from their hugely successful productions of Persuasion and David Copperfield, the company is looking forward to bringing their newest adaptation of a much-loved classic tale to Down Arts Centre.

To buy tickets (£12/£10) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit www.downartscentre.com. For offers and updates, like them on Facebook (Down-Arts-Centre).


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