Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Comedy , Improv Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Sunday December 18 2016 - Sunday May 28 2017
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Austenatious is one of the smartest and funniest improv shows out there

Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.

Venue name: Leicester Square Theatre
Contact:
Address: 6 Leicester Place
WC2H 7BX
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
Price: £10-£21.50
Event website: http://www.autentatiousimpro.com

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Marco D
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A truly brilliant experience being at Austentatious, an improvised show inspired by Jane Austen's novels. The location was a little bit surreal as it was performed inside an upside down purple cow. It was at the UdderBelly Festival located at the Southbank Centre. We were all anxiously waiting in a queue outside this marvellous, huge purple cow. The actors themselves started to give us pieces of paper which looked like a cover of a book. With that piece of paper we had to make up a book title, anything that came across our minds and then that would be put in a hat. We started to walk inside the Underbelly tent. It had a very spacious seating area and we were welcomed with such historical music played by a violinist which set the right mood and effects for a Jane Austen improvisational show. The actors performed extraordinarily, extravagantly, flamboyantly well. It was completely hilarious throughout and I just don't know how they did it. It was truly inspirational to see such talented, hardworking people come up with such great ideas and lines. They took many of our made-up book titles from the hat, some of them were bonkers. The title chosen was called, "White Picket Flowers (Bridge of Flowers)". The actors improvised a story from that title in a Jane Austen styled show. It was a tremendous comedy full of laughter and I found it quite inspiring actually. The costume design was exquisite, the shapes and silhouettes were beautiful. It's a show everyone should experience. I loved it! The prices are affordable, so what are you waiting for. #TOTastemaker Love MD.

Bonnie W
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I really enjoyed seeing Austentatious performed at Udderbelly recently! To start with, we were given slips of paper on which to write down the title of the show we wanted to see. Then when we entered the theatre there was a violinist playing which set the Jane Austen era tone. The cast of six members were fantastic and despite the title of our show being "White Picket Flowers (Bridge of Flowers)" they cleverly put on a hilarious performance relating to this title. Although the theme of the show reverts back to Jane Austen's style of writing, you don't have to be a fan to enjoy the show. It's a fun hour of improv that will appeal to so many.

Paperback Reader
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Cheap, original, but highly entertaining evenings in London (tickets are £12.50) are relatively rare: Austentatious, Jane Austen inspired improvisation, is all three things.  Hosted at the Leicester Square theatre on the last Sunday of every month, when it's not touring the country or at the Udderbelly festival on the Southbank, it is definitely worth checking out for something different.  Even if you have managed never to read -and love- any Jane Austen novels, most people will be familiar with Regency-style adaptations and appreciate the humour.  Upon entering the theatre, groups are asked to suggest the title of a lost Jane Austen novel and place it in one of the gentlemen's top hats; our suggestion "Colonel Brandon's Trousers" wasn't chosen for the performance piece but it was given a mini improvisation at the beginning.  Our fully improvised play was "The Real Housewives of Pemberley", which had as many Botox and adultery references as you can imagine in an hour.  The great thing about Austentatious is that it will always be something new that is improvised, within the framework of the Regency era, and I am definitely intending to go back with a group of friends for more witty fun.