I MUST admit that I’ve never quite seen the appeal of Jane Austen.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love period drama and have a particular soft spot for Charles Dickens (surely the finest writer this country has ever produced). But as for Miss Austen, I seem to be missing the point...
So I was probably one of the few people to visit the Rep last week having never seen any of the many adaptations of her magnum opus.
Topping the bill was Susan Hampshire, who gave a wonderful performance as the foolish Mrs Bennet - a woman on a crusade to marry off her five daughters.
Now the first half was a bit ponderous and it didn’t help that some bounder’s mobile phone kept going off.
After the interval, the pace picked up - with some great comedy from the pompous Mr Collins (Tom Mothersdale).
As a period drama this was fine, with superb costumes and some nice musical interludes.
It didn’t change my opinion of Austen, but I did raise a smile a few times and my mum - who loves the book - said it was a good retelling.
The Birmingham run has now finished, but if you’re in the mood for some 19th century shenanigans then Mrs Warren’s Profession will be on at the Rep until tomorrow. Call 0121 236 4455 for ticket enquiries.