A Trip to Jane Austen’s House
Cast of Jane Austen’s Persuasion heads to the Jane Austen’s House Museum
The lead actors of Theatre6′s stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion paid a visit to the Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton to learn more about the life and times of Jane Austen ahead of their performances at Theatre Royal Winchester from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 September.
Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot who was young and in love with the dashing but poor naval officer Captain Wentworth. Actors Ceri-Lyn Cissone (Anne) and Jason Ryall (Captain Wentworth) took time out from their busy rehearsal schedule to take a trip to the beautiful Hampshire village of Chawton that played such a large part of Jane’s life.
Jane Austen’s House Museum is where Jane lived for the last eight years of her life and where she wrote all of her major works including Persuasion and is the most treasured Austen site in the world.
The museum holds an important collection of objects associated with Jane Austen, including letters written by Jane and personal effects belonging to her and her family. Particular highlights include her jewellery, first editions of her books, furniture, textiles and the table at which she wrote her much loved novels.
The actors took great inspiration from the house remarking at how petite Jane must have been herself due to the size of her writing table and bed. After taking in the house, Ceri and Jason took a tour of the garden admiring the beautiful flowers and even had a go at Regency garden games!