“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Now they were as strangers.”
Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s last completed novel, will be performed at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead by Hotbuckle Productions, the company behind acclaimed shows Great Expectations and David Copperfield.
Once upon a time, Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth were hopelessly in love.
Persuaded by her family that he is not of her standing, she reluctantly ends their engagement and he leaves for the sea, his heart broken.
Having made his fortune, the now wealthy Captain Wentworth comes to seek a wife; a wife with strength of mind and a resolute character. Treating Anne with cold indifference, she can only watch with aching heart as he courts another. But will he ever forgive her?
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures.
“None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
Persuasion is on at The Old Town Hall next Friday November 28 at 8pm.
Tickets cost £12, £10 concession, £9 Dacorum Card, £5 UpStaged and can be booked by calling the box office on 01442 228091.