Lady Susan comes to town with 5 star reviews

Posted By:
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

14th Feb 2024

Prepare for wit, charm, and devilish scheming as Dyad Productions, the award-winning company behind “Austen’s Women” and “I, Elizabeth,” unleashes their newest masterpiece: Lady Susan. Based entirely on letters from Jane Austen’s 1794 manuscript, the play delves into the Regency world with darkly comic brilliance, directed by Andrew Margerison and brought to life by the captivating Rebecca Vaughan.

Performing at Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey, get ready to step into a Georgian whirlwind where the elegant, ruthless Lady Susan Vernon navigates society’s gilded cages. Widowed and determined to secure her future, she sets her sights on not one, but two, wealthy suitors. But beware, Susan’s charms mask a formidable intellect and a penchant for manipulation.

Witness the lives of other women caught in her wake: the oppressed daughter Frederica, yearning for freedom; the long-suffering sister-in-law Catherine; the sharp-tongued family matriarch Mrs De Courcy; and the loyal but playful best friend, Alicia. Each grapples with societal expectations, their own desires, and the ever-present temptation to defy expectations.

Lady Susan is a masterclass in female empowerment and wit, holding a mirror to Regency society’s rigid constraints and showcasing the women who dared to push against them. This is Jane Austen like you’ve never seen her before; sharp, funny, and unapologetically honest.

★★★★★ ‘A towering performance‘ (The Scotsman)

★★★★★ ‘A luscious sweeping tale’ (The i)

★★★★★ ‘Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage’(British Theatre Guide)

★★★★★ ‘Quite simply; it’s astounding’ (Broadway Baby)

★★★★★ ’Outstanding…gripping… Vaughan is never less than magnetic’ (Three Weeks)

‘Perfection… Vaughan is simply sublime’ (Huffington Post)

Catch Austen’s Women- Lady Susan at Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey on Thursday 7 March, 7:45pm. Tickets starting at £13.  For tickets and more information visit www.theatreatthemill.com