On December 16, 1775, Jane Austen was born in the rural village of Steventon, England. Not many concrete details are known about birthday traditions in Austen’s time, but it seems that, unless you were royalty (see: national holiday), celebrations were modest affairs—some well wishes shared between family, perhaps the exchange of flowers and/or a gift.
We’ll be feting Jane’s illustrious legacy with a special birthday performance! Even if you can’t join us, we encourage you to raise a little toast to one of the most influential voices in English literature, whose wit and astute assessment of society resonates to this day.
Performances of the Primary Stages production of Pride and Prejudice run through January 6 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. For tickets and additional information, please visit our website.