Sense and Sensibility (Swale)
Full Length Play, Drama / 4m, 5f
When their wealthy half-brother cheats them of their fortune, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are left penniless. They are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park and relocate to chilly Barton Cottage in Devonshire, but when John Willoughby, a handsome stranger, arrives one day with a rain-drenched Marianne in his arms, the sisters are convinced that their fortunes are changed forever.
Eminently sensible Elinor pines for quiet, kind-hearted Edward Ferrars, but the impulsive Marianne loses herself in the idea of her hero on horseback, and for a girl who feasts on poetry and music, what else is there to do in Devon but dream of rescue?
In Jessica Swale’s delightful adaptation of Austen’s dearly-loved classic, we follow the fortunes of Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back.
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 19th Century
- Setting: The play is set at the beginning of the 1800s.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
MARGARET DASHWOOD/LUCY STEELE
FANNY DASHWOOD/MRS. JENNINGS
MRS. DASHWOOD/MRS. PALMER/MISS GREY
EDWARD FERRARS/ROBERT FERRARS/MR. PALMER
SIR JOHN/MR. DASHWOOD/THOMAS/MR. PERKS/DOCTOR
Other servants, gossips, and ball attendees can be played by members of the company
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
The play was originally performed by 9 actors but could easily suit a larger company.
The play was first presented at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in April 2014.