If you enjoyed The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an interactive online media series adapted from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, you’ll be over the moon about Emma Approved. Based on Austen’s Emma, this one’s produced by the very same team that brought you Diaries and Welcome to Sanditon.
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Paul Gordon’s stage version of Jane Austen’s Emma is back, continuing its 2012-2013 run at the Arizona Theatre Company through January 20. It looks like a very lavish production, starring television and Broadway actress Anneliese Van der Pol as Emma Woodhouse.
The show ran in Tucson from December 1-22, resuming this week in Phoenix. If you live in Arizona, why not ring in the new year with some Emma?
More information on Emma in Arizona:
- Emma at Arizona Theatre Company
- Arizona Republic Emma review
- Daily Star Emma review
- Broadway World Emma release
- Other Emma stage productions
- Theatre versions of Emma (Emma Adaptations Pages)
I was kind of avoiding this because I thought it might’ve been a bad case of necrolink, but apparently it’s true: Anne Sharp’s presentation copy of Jane Austen’s Emma is indeed for sale…again. It last sold at auction in April, 2010 for the then pounds sterling-equivalent of $271,294.
The set of three volumes is one of twelve special first edition copies – “presentation” copies as they’re called – reserved for Austen’s family, friends, and her highest-profile fan of the period, the Prince Regent (care of his royal librarian, James Stanier Clarke). Anne Sharp is often noted as the only “friend” among the bunch of recipients. Miss Sharp had served as governess to Austen’s beloved niece, Fanny Knight, and by most accounts is the logical model for the Woodhouse girls’ dear former governess, Mrs. Weston, in Emma. Continue reading “Presentation copy of Jane Austen’s Emma for sale…again!”
It’s come to my attention that Mr. George Knightley of Jane Austen’s Emma fame is now authoring his own advice blog, titled Letters to Mr. Knightley! With help from colleagues and friends, he’ll be dispensing his wit and wisdom on life and love to the denizens of Highbury, the Internet, and beyond. Here’s a man I’d trust with any problem!
There’s been a ton of local Emma productions hitting the stage this spring, from Folsom, CA to Salt Lake City to Fort Wayne, IN, to Windsor, Ontario! Some of them involve the Michael Bloom adaptation.
I’m posting the latest news on my Twitter feed, but here’s a roundup from the last month or so…
- The Seattle Star’s “Another approach to the classics: Emma at the UW” – Michael Bloom’s Emma performed at University of Washington through 2/26/2012
- The Salt Lake Tribune’s “Austen’s turns of phrase on Pioneer Theatre Company Stage” – Pioneer Theatre Company’s Emma (Jon Jory) opens 2/17/2012 in Salt Lake City
- Broadway World piece on Pioneer Theatre Company Emma
- Examiner.com’s “A fool for love: Jane Austen’s Emma coming to Pioneer Theatre Company”
- The Actors’ Workshop presents Emma (scroll down) many evenings from 2/9-3/4/2012 in Folsom, CA (MyLincoln presents dates and times)
- The Folsom Telegraph’s “Emma brings Jane Austen’s work to Folsom stage”
- The Westerly Sun’s “Flock Theatre presents Jane Austen’s classic Emma“ – Opens in New London, RI, on 2/10/2012 as part of the Shaw Mansion Series
- Theday.com on Flock’s RI Emma
- The WIndsor Lance’s “Super Sweet: University Players presents Emma” – University of Windsor in Windsor, ON, presents Emma through 2/12/2012
- The Windsor Star’s “Emma: From the page to the stage” and “Evil Emma well-meaning”
- Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s “Values-rich Emma adapts to local stage”
- Cherry on Top Theatre presented Emma in Sacramento and Placerville, CA, last month
- 2010 Michael Bloom Emma stage performances
- Recent Emma stage adaptations (at Emma Adaptations Pages)
I tend to tweet most of my minor updates these days, but here’s a roundup for the sake of completeness. 🙂
Paul Gordon’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy is now running at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre! The show – which has already enjoyed successful runs in the Bay Area, Cincinnati, and St. Louis – previewed earlier this month and officially premiers this weekend. The run will continue through February 27 (with an extension to March 6).
Emma is directed by Jeff Calhoun and stars Patti Murin as the eponymous heroine and Adam Monley as Mr. Knightley. For more…
- Patti Murin Is Emma, Singing an Austen Song, at Old Globe Jan. 15-Feb. 27 (Playbill.com)
- Official Old Globe Emma site – Includes articles, a program in .pdf format, cast biographies, related events, and notes on the production!
- KPBS “These Days” Interview with Emma director Jeff Calhoun and show writer Paul Gordon
- Globe plans fresh take on Jane Austen’s Emma – Pam Kragen, North County Times
- Perils of romance come to the stage in new musical Emma at The Old Globe in Balboa Park – Diana Saenger, La Jolla Light
- Ageless Emma – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune
In other Emma adaptation news, Romola Garai’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television did not result in a win. Still, it was nice to see her nominated for her starring role in the 2009-2010 BBC Emma miniseries.
In non-adaptation Emma news, Maria Edgeworth’s presentation copy of Emma was sold last month at auction. According to Sotheby’s auction house, it fetched 79,250 pounds sterling. Edgeworth was a bit of a novelist idol of Austen’s and an acquaintance of the James Leigh Perrots, Jane Austen’s aunt and uncle. You can learn about Edgeworth’s opinions on Emma in this roundup of period responses to the book.
Happy new year, everyone!
In other Emma news, a new Jane Austen horror mashup novel hit Kindles last week. Emma and the Vampires, written by Wayne Josephson, takes another stab at the novel of manners-meets-horror movie literary genre.