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Promise and Promiscuity: A new musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton
Penny Ashton

New Zealand star Penny Ashton brings a full cast of Austenesque characters to life with song, dance and appalling cross-stitching in this eagerly awaited UK tour of the hilarious Promise and Promiscuity.

Flushed by four years of success, from Edinburgh to Toronto to Auckland, comes New Zealander Penny Ashton’s collaboration with Jane Austen (deceased). Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills and being quite bright, you know… for a girl. In this hilarious, one-(freakishly talented)-woman show, Penny tackles all of Austen’s characters with song, dance and appalling cross-stitching.

In this, the year of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, celebrate her life with the 5th great niece of Austen’s own flirtation, Thomas Langlois Lefroy, in an irreverent yet fond reimagining of one of the world’s most beloved authors.

WINNER: Best Performance In Comedy, Auckland Fringe
WINNER: Best Female Solo Show, Victoria Fringe, Canada
WINNER: Weekly Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe
“razor-sharp wit” – Three Weeks
“a sparkling performer whose energy bounces off the stage” – The Scotsman
“a delight to behold” – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Penny Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne having performed over 500 solo shows all over the world. She has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry and has performed by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival and Jane Austen Festival in Bath. She is a regular and original panelist on Radio New Zealand National’s The Panel and is a busy marriage celebrant. She also recently discovered she is related to Jane Austen’s rumoured flirtation, Thomas Langlois Lefroy. She is his 5th Great Niece! (This story is told in Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway).

Listings – Promise and Promiscuity
Oct 4 – CONGLETON – Clonter Opera Theatre,
clonter.org, 01260 224 514

Oct 5 – BIRMINGHAM – Old Joint Stock Theatre,
oldjointstock.co.uk, 0121 200 0946

Oct 6 – SHREWSBURY – Walker Theatre,
theatresevern.co.uk, 01743 281281

Oct 10 – MILTON KEYNES – Stantonbury Theatre,
stantonburytheatre.co.uk, 01908 324466

Oct 12 – 14 – LONDON – Greenwich Theatre,
greenwichtheatre.org.uk, 020 8858 7755

Oct 16 – WINCHESTER – Theatre Royal,
theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk, 01962 840 440

Oct 18 – FAREHAM – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Rd,
ashcroft.org.uk, 01329 2231100

Oct 20 – NEW MILTON – Forest Arts Centre,
forest-arts.co.uk, 01425 612393

Oct 26 – CANTERBURY – Canterbury Festival,
canterburyfestival.co.uk, 01227 787787

Nov 2 – TRALEE – Siamsa Tíre –
siamsatire.com, 066 7123055

Nov 3 – KILMALLOCK – Friar’s Gate Theatre,
www.friarsgate.ie, 063 98727

Nov 9 – LIMERICK, Belltable,
limetreetheatre.ie, 061 953400

Nov 10 – NENAGH – Nenagh Arts Cente,
nenagharts.com, 067 34400

Nov 15 – WINDERMERE – Old Laundry Theatre,
oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk, 015394 40872

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