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Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with a handsome young naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, at the age of nineteen. But because he had neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne’s mentor and friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her to break off the engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Frederick – and when he returns from sea a Captain, she can only watch as every eligible young woman falls at his feet. Can the pair rekindle a love that was lost but not forgotten? This new adaptation was commissioned and first produced by Salisbury Playhouse in 2011.
'With the arrival of Tim Luscombe's version of Persuasion, written for Salisbury Playhouse, it would seem that Austen fans have found their champion. Following the success of Luscombe's rendering of Northanger Abbey, also for Salisbury, his new adaptation of Austen's last work, published after her death, is both colourful and touching.
Luscombe's intelligent doubling gives us more then twenty characters from ten players - a fairly good return in terms of artistic productivity in an age of economy.' British Theatre Guide
'Tim Luscombe’s adaptation for the Playhouse, with a downsized cast of characters, is a beautifully romantic and gripping play.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed a Jane Austen book will love this charming play.' Daily Echo
'Squarely designed to meet the stark realities of our economic climate, with a cast of just ten players, yet skilfully maintains the sumptuous and elegant feel of the era in which the action is set, and more than matches previous, more extravagant productions.
There is a freshness and modernity, whilst completely retaining the authentic period feel, which reaches out and pulls the audience in.
Ideally crafted to be toured, and richly deserving of a national audience, Salisbury audiences can consider themselves very lucky to continue to have work of this quality on its doorstep.' 5 Stars. What's On Stage