The Watermill is delighted to announce its next production: Jane Austen’s much loved classic Sense and Sensibility, which will play from Thursday 3rd to Thursday 10th April. It is a brand new adaptation by Jessica Swale.
Left penniless after their wealthy uncle cheats them of their fortune, sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park and relocate to a cold Devonshire cottage. But when a devilishly handsome stranger arrives at Barton Cottage with the rain-drenched Marianne in his arms, the Dashwood girls are convinced that their fortunes are about to change forever.
Jessica Swale is a theatre director, playwright and co-founder of Red Handed Theatre Company. Jessica’s first full length play Blue Stockings premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in August 2013.
The cast features Paul Bigley as John Dashwood, Jane Brooker as Fanny Dashwood, Jenny Funnell as Mrs Dashwood, Alice Haig as Margaret Dashwood, Cassie Layton as Marianne Dashwood, Graham O’Mara as Edward Ferrars, Peter Ormond as Colonel Brandon, William Owen as Willoughby and Sally Scott as Elinor Dashwood. Sense and Sensibility is designed by Philip Engleheart.
The Watermill is a local theatre with a national reputation. From a converted watermill in rural West Berkshire seating just 220 people, The Watermill creates award-winning work that is recognised throughout the UK and abroad, with a bold artistic ambition to present a range of work from Shakespeare, classic plays and new writing to the reimagining of large-scale musicals. Alongside West End and Broadway transfers, and national and international tours, The Watermill also creates productions for small-scale touring, ensuring that those living in rural isolation are able to enjoy high quality theatre on their doorstep. Attracting the very best artists and creative teams, both established and at the early stages of their careers, The Watermill has earned itself a reputation as one of the very best producing theatres in the country.