Richard Darbourne Ltd brings The Two Bit Classics production of Pride and Prejudice – Adapted by Joannah Tincey – to Margate on 19 October.
In this imaginative and loving adaptation by Joannah Tincey, two actors bring Austen’s words to life with great skill and agility – playing 21 characters!!!
Here’s some ‘Fun Facts about Jane Austen’.
Although she never married, Jane Austen did become engaged — for one night.
She received and accepted a proposal of marriage on December 2, 1802, two weeks before her 27 birthday. According to family tradition, Jane Austen and her sister were visiting longtime friends Alethea and Catherine Bigg at Manydown Park when their friends’ brother, Harris Bigg-Wither, made the offer. Five-and-a-half years younger than Jane, Harris was, according to the author’s niece Caroline Austen, “very plain in person — awkward, & even uncouth in manner . . . I conjecture that the advantages he could offer, & her gratitude for his love, & her long friendship with his family, induced my Aunt to decide that she would marry him . . . .”
Jane Austen changed her mind overnight, however, and refused the proposal the next morning.
The unknown author
When her first novel, Sense And Sensibility came out in 1811, the title page simply said “By a Lady”. None of the novels published in her lifetime gave her name. Even Pride And Prejudice only said by: “The Author of Sense And Sensibility”. Her brother Henry was one that revealed her true identity after she had passed.
The novel that became Pride And Prejudice was originally titled First Impressions.
Austen’s mother was from a higher social rank than her father.
She had two great loves in her lifetime.
The first one was with Tom Lefroy and was a source of inspiration for Sense and Sensibility. He was the nephew of a friend, but that friend later broke off the relationship because she knew if he married a “nobody” he’d lose his inheritance. The second was with a young clergyman she met while vacationing on the coast at Sidmouth in Devon. While it’s believed he planned to propose to Austen, he died unexpectedly before that could happen.
She only mentioned three people in her will.
Even though her family was quite large, only Austen’s brother Henry (who had lost a lot of his savings), sister Cassandra, and (strangely) Madame Bigeon, the secretary of Henry’s late wife got a nod in her will. Talk about a plot twist.
A Whole lots of Wonga Mr Darcy
It turns out that, if converted to 2016 GBP (the most recent year for which full information is available) using the percentage increase in the retail price index since the estimated time the novel was set, Mr Darcy’s annual income of £10,000 in around 1803 would be worth £796,000 per year today.
YOU CAN BOOK TO SEE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ON 19 OCTOBER AT 7:30PM ONLINE.