A Palace @ Home Online Event

Sense & Sensibility - Rehearsed Reading

Ever wondered what it’s like to be in the rehearsal room with professional actors and their director? Would you love the fly-on-the-wall opportunity to feel the energy and excitement as a script is brought to life during the early readthrough process?

In a series of rehearsed readings, produced in collaboration with Pitlochry Festival Theatre, you have the rare chance to watch professional actors practising their craft, in an entertaining script-in-hand reading of a classic play.

The rehearsed reading will take place via Zoom, and a Q&A session with the director and cast will follow the reading. The second play in our series of rehearsed readings is:

Sense & Sensibility 

by Jane Austen, adapted by Frances Poet

Wednesday 3 June, 7pm

“It is not what we think or feel that makes us who we are. It is what we do. Or fail to do...”

The death of their father throws sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood’s privileged world into chaos.  With no entitlement to his estate, they rely on their brother John to provide, however this is not without its own complications, and the sisters must learn responsibility whilst also dealing with the trials and tribulations of life.

Published anonymously in 1811, Jane Austen’s first novel explored the tensions of Austen’s times. Adapted by award-winning Scottish playwright, Frances Poet (Fibres, Adam, Gut) expect biting wit, romance and heart-breaking tenderness.



Elinor Dashwood – Barbara Hockaday 

Marianne Dashwood - Kirsty Stuart

Mrs Dashwood - Deirdre Davis

Fanny Dashwood / Mrs Charlotte Palmer  – Felicity Sparks 

Mrs Jennings - Liz Ewing

Miss Lucy Steele - Blythe Jandoo

Edward Ferrars - Jesse Fox

Mr John Dashwood / Mr Palmer - Alex Cardall

Sir John Middleton / Mrs Ferrars - Dan Willis

            Colonel Brandon - Richard Standing

            Willougby - Olivier Huband

            Robert Ferrars / Mr Harris - Richard Emerson



Elizabeth Newman

Notices & Guidance: 

This event it suitable for anyone aged 14+. The approximate running times are:

7pm - 9.30pm (including 15 minute interval) for the rehearsed reading, and 9.30pm - 10pm for the Q&A

IMPORTANT! Please answer 'Yes' to 'Please contact me by email' in your Watford Palace Theatre account contact preferences to receive the link for this show.

Depending on when you book, the email containing the Zoom link to join the event will be sent by 6:05PM or 7:05PM on the show date.


Booking information

This is a Pay What You Can event. We recognise this is a difficult time for all, and that's why any support you can give will be greatly appreciated. Your contribution will go towards the theatre and the artists we work with, allowing us to assure our futures and to keep creating great work for you to enjoy.

Please purchase a virtual ticket via the 'Book tickets' button below. 

If you have any difficulties with booking, please contact us via our Facebook page, or by emailing sales@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk


Check out the full Palace @ Home programme here.