Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale

Tuesday 3rd– Saturday 7thJuly @ BLT

Wednesday 18th– Saturday 21stJuly @ BOAT

Sense & Sensibility rehearsals are well underway and with just over a week to go we are all very excited!

Photograph courtesy of Miles Davies Photography 

Photograph courtesy of Miles Davies Photography 

Margaret Skeet and Kirsty Levett have been working hard on the costumes and thanks as well to Barbara Campbell for her help.  Patti Griffiths has worked hard on the incredible wigs and instructing the cast on hair styling.

Steven Adams has built a brilliant set, which Tom Williams has beautifully painted as you can see from the photos from the ever brilliant Miles Davies.

Beverley Grover is itching to start the lighting and sound design and with thunderstorms, birdsong and a starry sky I am sure these will be spectacular.

I have a fantastic cast with a real mix of new names along with some familiar faces.

John and Fanny Dashwood (Stephen Evans and Suzanne Buist) are the wealthy step-relatives responsible for turfing the Dashwood girls from their home. Sensible Elinor and youngest daughter Margaret are played by Sarah Drew and Keziah Israel and are joined by new members: Fiona McClay as Mrs Dashwood and Katie Newman as passionate Marianne. Neil Drew plays quiet and thoughtful Edward Ferrars, whose mother and sister consider too good for Elinor. Carrie Lambe and Gerry Wicks play the joyful and energetic Mrs Jennings and Sir John Middleton, who provide a home and company for the Dashwoods in their hour of need (with a good deal of entertainment!).

Photograph courtesy of  Miles Davies Photography

Photograph courtesy of Miles Davies Photography

The rest of the cast are all new members and I am very pleased to welcome Chris Gates and Matthew Davies to the company as the strong and sensible, Colonel Brandon and the impulsive and handsome John Willoughby respectively. Their lively competition for the affection of the lovely Marianne has meant they have had to learn swordplay and I am very grateful to Gary Andrews for teaching them an exciting new skill safely!

They are joined by more lovely newbies Joe Burnham and Beky Peake as the delightfully ill matched couple Mr and Mrs Palmer and Ella Niner as the serious Miss Grey and the very funny Gossip.

Some of the cast have taken on more than one role including Keziah who plays cunning Lucy Steele, Joe who also plays the long suffering Mr Perks, Gerry as Doctor Harris and Stephen Evans who as well as playing Thomas, the Dashwood's faithful servant is also the show's excellent and busy Stage Manager.

I am also delighted Martyn Coates joined the team as our excellent DSM. Thanks as well to Maria Dunn for helping develop the music, Katie's dad for recording a lot of the piano pieces and Jay Smith and Mimi Goddard for their help with props.

I am thoroughly enjoying working with everyone and really hope you will be able to join the fun either at the theatre or BOAT (or both!).

Photograph courtesy of  Miles Davies Photography

Photograph courtesy of Miles Davies Photography

Tess Gill

Sense & Sensibility opens at BLT on Tuesday 3rdJuly and runs through until Saturday 7thJuly (5 performances).  Tickets available in the usual ways, online at or via telephone on 0844 888 0432.


Sense & Sensibility then moves on to BOAT from Wednesday 18thJuly and runs through until Saturday 21stJuly (5 performances).  Tickets available online at