AN AWARD-winning production company will present a darkly comic story of devil-may-care Lady Susan - a scheming black widow on a double fortune hunt - in Basingstoke. 

Dyad Productions will bring Austen's Women: Lady Susan to The Haymarket on Saturday, April 20 at 7.30pm.

Presented alongside her are figures such as oppressed daughter Frederica, long-suffering sister-in-law Catherine, family matriarch Mrs De Courcy, and carefree best friend Alicia.

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Set in Regency England, the characters depict women trapped within societal norms, struggling with their desires and manipulations.

The plot, based on Jane Austen's first full-length work from 1794 and created entirely from letters, is performed by Rebecca Vaughan and directed by Andrew Margerison.

The production is a collaboration with The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead.

Ticket prices start at £19, discounts for under 25s and f/t students are available from the Anvil Arts box office or online at