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Northanger Abbey – Box Tale Soup
Monday 26th June 2017 at 8:00 pm

Open to the General Public – Free Event for Friends of The Arts at St. George’s

Box Tale Soup’s version of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey has been created and adapted entirely by the company. The production features a cast of just two human performers and seven hand made puppets. Through this award winning adaptation, the company has tried to remain as faithful to the original work as possible, taking the vast majority of the dialogue verbatim from the novel. This, combined with the use of puppetry, has made the production a favourite of Austen lovers and sceptics alike!

Northanger Abbey tells the story of the young, naïve and unlikely heroine Catherine Morland. We follow her to Bath where she is introduced into Society and the delights of the Gothic novel. We see her falling in love with the dashing, witty (if mildly sarcastic) Henry Tilney and we watch with horror as she allows her overactive imagination to get the better of her. It is a heartwarming love story with genuine laugh-out-loud humour and dark, melodramatic Gothic horror!

The Times “…Austen must be smiling down.”

ThreeWeeks “…brilliant, dynamic and laugh-out-loud.”

Must See! The Stage “…note perfect…brilliantly portrayed.”

“…one of the best and truest treatments, bar none, in any dramatic medium…”
Libby Purves

“I was completely mesmerised by this enchanting production.”
Joanna Lumley

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Artist Information

Box Tale Soup

Award winning theatre company Box Tale Soup was formed in 2012. Using their own unique blend of puppetry, physical theatre and traditional performance, Box Tale Soup will transport you into a theatrical world like no other.

The company has toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad including, Lyric Hammersmith, Little Angel Theatre, Wigmore Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall, London; The Broad Stage, California; Ursulinensäle, Austria and LongFu Theatre, Beijing.

Box Tale Soup has received great critical acclaim for its work including winning awards for Northanger Abbey and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The company has received two commissions from the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and looks forward to its third commission later this year. Their latest adaptation, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was commissioned by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA has just premiered.

Highlights for 2016 included a collaboration with world-renowned choral ensemble, The Sixteen on a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with music from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and a collaboration with Music Action International’s refugee music collective, Stone Flowers on a piece of new writing inspired by their experiences. The company aims to make work that is affordable, using minimal resources, without being compromised in quality or originality.



Antonia Christophers

Antonia graduated with a BA Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She then went on to train as an actor, and gained an MA in Classical Acting from Central School of Speech and Drama.

Her theatre credits include: Anne Prospere in Divine Marquis at the Barons Court Theatre, London; Elaine in The Graduate, Buxton Opera House and UK tour; Louise Kendal in My Cousin Rachel at the theatres of Aldeburgh and Southwold; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield.

Noel Byrne

Noel graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts from Manchester’s highly regarded Capitol Theatre School. Having worked for several years in this field, he then went on to gain a PGCE from the University of Leeds.

Noel has been involved in everything from Shakespeare on stage to voice and motion capture for video games, often creating and devising new work, including pieces for Manchester’s Contact Theatre and London’s Royal Court. Noel has also worked on television, appearing in the BBC’s Doctor Who, The One Show and Mission 2110, among others. He has even been a dinosaur.

In addition, Noel is also an award-winning street performer who has performed around the world, and worked regularly at London’s famous Covent Garden.

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