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COMMUTERS TRAVELLED LIKE IT WAS 1817 IN AUDIBLE’S AUSTEN TAXIS
Audible Debuts All-Star Audio Dramatisation Of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey To Mark The 200th Anniversary Of Her Death
Last Tuesday 18 July, lucky commuters and Battle Royale With Cheese managed to avoid the tiresome tube this morning and instead travelled back in time, making their way to work in true 19th Century style. Audible’s Austen Taxis picked Londoners up across the city and treated them to an exclusive first listen of a new dramatization of Austen’s gothic pastiche, Northanger Abbey.
Travelling through the hectic streets of London on several different routes which passed landmarks such as the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, St Paul’s Cathedral, Smithfields market and the brutalist Barbican gallery, passengers immersed themselves in Austen’s story to mark 200 years since the author’s death. This compelling new audio-drama – featuring performances from Emma Thompson, Lily Cole, Douglas Booth and Eleanor Purnell amongst others – let commuters escape from the daily grind, as they travelled back in time in Landau styled carriages to experience a taste of life as it might have been lived in Northanger Abbey’s 1817 setting.
Northanger Abbey tells the coming-of-age story of the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, whilst taking a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. The story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the neighbouring Tilneys where her overactive imagination gets to work, constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships. This new production breathes life into one of Austen’s much loved stories and will be loved by Austen fans old and new.
Northanger Abbey is available to download now at www.audible.co.uk/northangerabbey