Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel


AUSaustentatious-full-cast-with-titleTENTATIOUS The Chortle Award winners are one of the most acclaimed improv troupes on the circuit, starring Edinburgh Comedy nominees Joseph Morpurgo and Cariad Lloyd. Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play in the style of Jane Austen,  based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.Performed in full Regency costume, with live musical accompaniment, the company’s past works include ‘Bath to the Future’, ‘Strictly Come Darcy’ and ‘Mansfield Shark’. Swooning guaranteed.  

Who’s who?

Amy Cooke-Hodgson Amy began her improv career over ten years ago and has performed with a variety of groups including Abandoman, Showstopper! and Marcus Brigstocke’s Unavailable for Comment. As an actor, her most recent performances include; ITV’s Little Boy Blue, Olivier Award winning La Boheme, Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends at the Union Theatre, as Sharon Osbourne for Alan Carr’s Specstacular and leading sing-a-long Frozen at the Royal Albert Hall.  

Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer and comedian. He is one of the four regulars on the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, and one of the co-hosts of No Such Thing As The News on BBC2. In his spare time he writes questions for QI and works on Private Eye magazine, as well as hosting the Eye’s podcast, Page 94. His first solo show, Round One, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian, actor and improviser. She is a founding member of Austentatious and has played with Monkey Toast, The Beau Zeaux and the Comedy Store Players. Her comic songs are regularly played on BBC Radio 4 and her solo comedy shows have met with acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and on national tour. As an actor she has appeared in The IT Crowd, Murder In Successville and Revolting, and was the presenter of Sky Atlantic’s official Game of Thrones fanshow, Thronecast.

Cariad Lloyd is an actor, comedian, writer and improviser. She was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her début solo show, Lady Cariad’s Characters. She then performed her second solo show, The Freewheelin’ Cariad Lloyd to critical acclaim, despite featuring a character based on a Moomin. She has appeared in her own pilot, The Cariad Show for BBC Three and can be seen in BBC Three’s sitcom Crims. She has also appeared in Give Out Girls, Cardinal Burns, Bafta-nominated DNN, Siblings, Crackanory, Badults, Toast of London and Inside No.9.

Charlotte Gittins is an actress, writer and documentary-maker. A seasoned improviser, she is half of Folie à Deux, one-third of Grand Theft Impro and an unquantifiable fraction of Monkey Toast. She has repeatedly survived London’s Annual 50-hour Improvathon, and made multiple guest appearances in shows including Marcus Brigstocke’s Unavailable For Comment, Ross Noble’s Evening of Improvisation with Special Guests and Suki Webster’s Guest Speaker.

Joseph Morpurgo was recently nominated for a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for his third sell-out solo show, Soothing Sounds for Baby. His previous shows, Truthmouth and Odessa, also met with widespread critical acclaim, and his recent television appearances include the BAFTA-nominated Harry & Paul’s Story Of The Twos and Drunk History.

Daniel Nils Roberts is a member of Austentatious and Racing Minds, two of the country’s most successful improvised comedy groups, and has also performed with numerous improv shows including Impromptu Shakespeare, Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes and The Oxford Imps, with whom he first trained. Daniel’s solo scripted debut character hour Honey was nominated for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at Perth Fringe World Australia in 2016, before transferring to the Pleasance for an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run.

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Austentatious Cast – By Richard Davenportun.

What the critics say

★★★★★ ‘A potboiler of a parody, joyously performed’ The Times (2015) 

★★★★ ‘Constant wit and verve… worked a treat’ Pick Of The Week, The Times (2013)

‘High-grade humour’ Pick Of The Week, The Guardian

Winner of the Chortle award for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Act in 2014. 

They really are a talented bunch and not to be missed!

Click here for a video of them in action and here to book tickets for their performance at the London Jam.

Can’t make that performance? Not to worry! Many of the cast in Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel will be appearing in the 10th Annual London Improvathon! Click here to buy tickets.


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