Review – Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey was Jane Austen’s first novel, written in 1803 but published after her death in 1817. This production follows the modern trend of turning a classic novel into a more racy, physical tale with the a small cast working hard to play many characters and pack a heavy script into two hours.

In a modern twist there is a fluid approach to gender and relationships and the minimalist set works brilliantly. The direction is so well thought through and, with innovative lighting, is remarkably effective.

The cast of three cannot be faulted, giving it their all and not putting a foot wrong, raising laughs in all the right places and delivering a great blend of acting and narration.

Northanger Abbey is a simple tale but, even with no knowledge of the book, is told well and remains entertaining throughout.

Stephen Joseph Theatre until April 13th