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Written by Jane Austen.
Adapted by Katherine Rigg, with the company.

Running time: approximately 2 hour 10 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

2017 - 2019

Originally developed in 2017 with the support of Proteus Theatre Company. This was Cyphers first show to be designed for wider touring and massively developed the company's audience and network.

Catherine Morland has grown up in the country, with only sensational novels and pop culture to inform her of life beyond the village. Leaving home for the first time, she expects brooding heroes, ruthless bandits and glorious adventures to await her.


They don’t. After all, reality is more complicated.


Catherine discovers that friends can hurt, heroes aren’t always nice, and evil is sometimes just a point of view. How can real people be understood when they say one thing and mean another? In Bath and then Northanger Abbey, Catherine must learn how to navigate between what is real about love, friendship and strange men…and what is not.

"Remarkably inventive... If I hadn't known any better I might have thought this were a freshly written play as opposed to an adaptation of a novel."

London Theatre 1

"A lovely sense of camaraderie is created on the stage, with tasteful audience address and with everyone participating in a suspension of disbelief - it is extremely enjoyable to watch and be involved in.


I cannot wait to see which novel Cyphers choses to adapt next."

A Younger Theatre

The Show


Tour Dates


30 May, 2019
Poole, Lighthouse
23 May, 2019
Dorchester, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts
11 May, 2019
Bedford, The Place
10 May, 2019
Thames Ditton, Vera Fletcher Hall
9 May, 2019
Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre
20 April, 2019
Diss, Corn Hall
12 July, 2018
Farnham, Farnham Maltings
16 June, 2018
Winchester, Guildhall
9 June, 2018
Northampton, Holy Sepulchre Church
3 June, 2018
Canterbury, Charlton Park
28-29 November, 2017
London, Pleasance Theatre
13 October, 2017
Winchester, Guildhall
25 June, 2017
Basingstoke, Proteus Creation Space [Work-In-Progress]



Catherine Morland

Abigail Morgan

Henry Tilney / Chorus

Rupert Sadler / Luke Lampard / Marcus Bazley

Eleanor / Isabella / Chorus

Helen Raynham

Mrs Allen / John Thorpe / Captain Tilney / Chorus

Helen Percival / Toby Vaughan

General Tilney / James Morland / Mrs Morland / Mrs Thorpe / Chorus

Howard Horner / Marcus Bazley



Caitlin Abbott


Associate Director 

Louise Wilcox

Movement Director

Kate Smith

Music Associate

Cast & Creatives


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