A sellout comedy show
featuring QI Elf Andrew Hunter Murray
QI Elf Andrew Hunter Murray is part of the comedy show Austentatious, who perform entirely improvised Jane Austen novels in London, Edinburgh and elsewhere.
The idea is simple: the audience suggest a Jane-Austen style title. The group then perform an hour-long improvised comedy play of the 'lost' Jane Austen work, based on whatever the audience suggests, complete with live cello accompaniment. Previous titles have included 'Pride And Predator'; 'Northanger Rabbi'; 'Crouching Bennett, Hidden Darcy'; 'Sixth Sense and Sensibility', and 'Mansfield Parkour'.
A major critical success, Austentatious was one of the top ten best-reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 (British Comedy Guide). Queues regularly began over an hour before each performance. Since then, they've been performing in Soho, the West End, the Hay Literary Festival, the Latitude Festival, the Udderbelly Southbank, Bath's Jane Austen Festival, Lyme Regis, and Oslo. They are currently preparing a national tour.
JANE FACT: Jane Austen shared a bedroom with her sister Cassandra her whole life.
JANE FACT: In 1813, Austen sold the copyright to Pride and Prejudice for the grand total of £110.
JANE FACT: Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said he had read Pride and Prejudice seventeen times.
Sun 22nd December, 5pm, Leicester Square Theatre - book here
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★★★★ – 'Supersmart and terrifically funny…a true homage to a novelist who was one of the greatest female humorists who ever lived' - The Scotsman
JANE FACT: In 2008 a lock of Jane Austen's hair was sold at auction for £5,640.
★★★★ 'Constant wit and verve … worked a treat'
– The Times
'Just when you thinking improvised comedy has exhausted every permutation along comes this ingenious monthly cult event' - Evening Standard
JANE FACT: Jane Austen was nearly Mrs Harris Bigg-Wither. She accepted a proposal from Mr Bigg-Wither but then changed her mind.
JANE FACT: In the Oxford English Dictionary, the first use of the word 'sponge-cake' is attributed to Jane Austen.
JANE AUSTEN (1775-1817)