I have just learnt that the Box Tale Soup theatre company will be performing their version of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey at Hatfield House next Thursday 6th December. Box Tale Soup is a company of two players, Noel Byrne and Antonia Christophers, below…

Noel Byrne and Antonia Christophers on "A Country Walk" in Northanger Abbey ©BoxTaleSoup

Noel Byrne and Antonia Christophers on “A Country Walk” in Northanger Abbey ©BoxTaleSoup

…..plus a supporting cast of…. puppets.( Do note that their costumes are printed with sections of text from the novel!)

The Puppets ©BoxTaleSoup

The Puppets ©BoxTaleSoup

Northanger Abbey is Box Tale Soup’s  first production and, as they describe it, it sounds totally  fascinating and great fun:

A classic story, two performers, a vintage truck and a handful of puppets: Austen, as you have never experienced her before!

Noel Byrne and Antonia Christophers have worked as professional performers for over 15 years collectively. Noel is also an award winning street performer, and his acting credits include original work for the Royal Court Theatre and Manchester’s Contact Theatre, as well as Doctor Who and Mission 2110 for the BBC. Antonia’s acting credits include playing Mhaegan in HBO’s award winning series, Game of Thrones, and Miss Peters in The Hour for the BBC.

If you would like to go you can book tickets through Hatfield house’s website, here .If you can’t go -alas I have to attend a Carol Concert that evening!-then here is a small teaser trailer: I must admit that I think I’m going to miss something rather special :(