16-17 September, The Grange Festival
A newly-orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park premieres at the Grange Festival in September, marking both the 200th anniversary of the death of Austen, and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival.
Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, a Cinderella-like heroine, who quietly negotiates her way through the moral perils of early nineteenth century high society, from landscape gardening and amateur theatricals to balls and arranged marriages.
A cast of unforgettable characters make Mansfield Park perhaps the most subtly comic and moving of all Jane Austen’s novels, with the likes of the shrewish Aunt Norris, the indolent Lady Bertram and her pug, the beautiful but morally flawed Mary Crawford and her charming brother Henry, and the bickering sisters Maria and Julia, all gracing the pages and, here, the stage.
Mansfield Park was originally written by Jonathan Dove, to a libretto by Alasdair Middleton, for a cast of ten singers with four hands at one piano. With this new version, commissioned by the Grange Festival, the scale increases to 13 musicians in what promises to be an unmissable event in the heart of Hampshire.