Manydown: A Staged Reading

Hosted by Chawton House, Chawton


Saturday 9 July 2022


From 6pm until 8:30pm


£15 per person, includes a glass of Pimms or a Mocktail


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Manydown Manor was well known to Jane Austen and her family. The Austen sisters were friends of the Bigg sisters. One night in December 1802, their brother, Harris Bigg-Wither, proposed to Jane- the only proposal of marriage she is known to have received. Famously, Jane rescinded her acceptance the next morning. What went on during the intervening night hours?

Sarah Rose Kearns' 30-minute play Manydown imagines the conversation between Jane and Cassandra Austen on the evening of Harris Bigg-Wither's proposal, which changed the course of Jane's life, and may have been a turning point in English Literature.

It has been presented at conferences and Austen-related events around the United States, and we are delighted to see it staged for the first time in England in the South Lawn marquee as part of this Chawton House Summer Special.

Performed by Sasha Dean and Zoe Sines. Written and directed by Sarah Rose Kearns.

Doors open at 6pm, with the House and Gardens open to explore. Pimms and Mocktails will be served from 7pm, with the performance commencing at 7:30pm inside the marquee. Following the performance, there will be a Q&A with Sarah Rose Kearns.

Covid-19 Information and Guidance

Pre-booking is advised for this event but tickets may be available to purchase on the day