Theatre Preview: Mansfield Park, King’s Theatre

Mansfield Park. Pic: Comp
Mansfield Park. Pic: Comp
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THERE’S a treat in store for fans of Jane Austen at The King’s next week, when Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds tour their production of Mansfield Park to the Capital.

Unceremoniously uprooted from her humble family home, young Fanny Price is dropped into the bustling, aristocratic household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, where she finds herself buffeted from one crisis to the next in the company of her cousins and their well-to-do friends.

Yet throughout this turmoil one thing remains a constant - her love for the generous, worthy and steadfast Edmund Bertram.

But will this love be her salvation? Or will she be forced to marry the charismatic Henry Crawford for connections and wealth alone?

Can Fanny triumph over her adoptive family’s demands and follow her heart to acquire the husband and life she so desires and deserves?

Tim Luscombe’s adaptation of one of Austen’s most challenging novels premiered to critical and popular acclaim last year. The acclaimed production, from the very last Regency-era theatre in the country, is directed by Colin Blumenau, whose unmatched knowledge of Georgian theatre has led him to uncover smash-hit productions of the era and return them to authentic surroundings, in some cases performing them for the first time in nearly two hundred years.

Mansfield Park, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £14-£27.50, 0131-529 6000