PERFORMANCES of one of Jane Austen’s most famous novels that has been adapted for stage will begin tonight.

Market Chambers Performers Together and The Olympia Players will be presenting Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen Narrates, an adaption of the author’s novel for the stage.

The famous story has seen many different incarnations throughout the years, including a TV series and a film, but it has now been adapted for the stage.

In a bid to make the novel more accessible to those who may not be familiar with Pride and Prejudice, adaptor and director Arundel Thomas has added in an appearance from the author herself, who will feature off to the side of the stage adding her own contributions and narrating the story in between scenes.

“It was important to keep the integral elements of the story, which is what I focussed on,” Arundel explained.

“Taking the text literally and putting it on stage would result in it being very long and not the easiest of works to get into.

“As a result, in this version, we have Jane Austen to the side of the stage, helping to keep the story moving along and making it an easier entry point for newcomers.”

The cast are mostly formed of amateurs from around the Basingstoke area, formed of young and old alike, who are all joining together to bring new life to Jane Austen on stage.

The first performance of Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen Narrates will be taking place tonight at 7:30pm at Market Chambers, with the next performance at the same time tomorrow.

Tickets cost £8, with concessions being £5.