PERSUASIONby Jane Austen
adapted by Jeff James, with James Yeatman
Manchester Royal Exchange 2017
Director Jeff James
Set and Costume Design Alex Lowde
Light Lucy Carter
Sound Ben and Max Ringham
Dramaturg James Yeatman
Movement director Morgann Runacre-Temple
Casting Jerry Knight-Smith and Vicky Richardson
Assistant Director Helen Abbott
Production Photographs Johan Persson
The Times Sam Marlowe
No bonnets or breeches, no tinkling teacups, no flounces or fuss: this literary adaptation busts open the bodice of the original, thrillingly liberating its subversive spirit. Jeff James and James Yeatman’s radical take on Jane Austen’s final completed novel is sparklingly intelligent and very funny...
When resolution arrives, it’s joltingly powerful — hard-won, clear-sighted, with Anne and Wentworth facing a future as equals and without guarantees. This is a fantastically satisfying interpretation of the novel, the more brilliantly illuminating for its audacity. I suspect Austen would have loved it.