Austen the Musical

After a sell out Edinburgh run, Rob Winlow's 'Austen the Musical' is going on a full UK Tour for the first time. Be part of it!

We did it!

On 5th May 2017 we successfully raised £16 with 3 supporters in 35 days

Photography by Graeme Oxby.


BBC Radio 2 Golden Oldie Nominee, Rob Winlow is delighted to present a brand new tour of his musical adaptation of the life of Jane Austen. Austen The Musical explores Jane’s struggle to have her work published in a male dominated environment, her failed romances, her vow to reject a woman’s conventional lifestyle in Georgian England.

A stunning story following Jane Austen’s transition from a country parson’s daughter to one of the most widely read writers in English Literature. Austen The Musical is full of stunning songs with moments of joy, despair and heart-wrenching sadness.

"A genuinely affectionate, gentle and assured production. Totally satisfying." - Musical Theatre Review

Austen has been through four versions (Jane Austen Festival, York New Musical Festival, Edinburgh Fringe - sold out run, previous UK Tour), before hitting our current stage, now we've reached our delightful full 90 minute version (the previous versions have been at a 60 minute running time) and are very excited to take the full show on the road.

Whilst we can't wait to travel the UK with this beautiful, historic musical, we are also excited to visit venues in rural areas. Our aim is to bring Austen to people who don't regularly get to see high quality theatre where they live. They have to travel miles to have any access to the arts, so, we're going to them. And you can help us do that...

Photography by Graeme Oxby.

'Engaging, amusing and ultimately touching.' **** - Musical Talk


Touring a new musical around the country does not come cheap. We are seeking all relevant and appropriate funding avenues, however, these organisations are not obliged to fund us and, regardless, we're still dedicated to getting this beautiful show on the road. Our target of £500 is just  small fraction of our overall tour budget, so let's try and beat it - game on! So, this is where you lovely folks come in... we're asking for investment from you wonderful crowdfunders to help make this gorgeous musical a reality.

Your generosity will help fund things such as fees for cast and crew, travel and accommodation, as well as many other charges that we will encounter during this project. Our beautifully designed set and floor cloth from the previous tour will be re-used for this tour, however, we would love to hire a designer to develop a new backdrop and other set pieces (which you can be added to - see Donation Rewards!) to freshen up Austen for our lovely 2017 audiences. 

We have a variety of delightful donation rewards to thank our fantastic supporters with for their generosity. Even if you give £1, £2 or £5 (anything!), you will have played your part in bringing this piece of new writing to life. 

Photography by Graeme Oxby.

 "The songs glorious, the performances splendid...engaging new work." **** - Broadway Baby.

Listen to the show's first song, Romantic Heart here:

Want more information or interested in booking Austen for your venue? Email our Producer, Daniel Taylor-Brown at

So, now it's down to you. Please donate generously and support rural touring theatre, help us to take this wonderful, beautiful show on the road. Thank you. 

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