November 7, 2016

This Week in Local Theater: Jane Eyre and Lady of Angria

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Photo Credit: Madison Silva

Brittney Harris as Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre: The beloved novel tells the story of a mistreated orphan, Jane Eyre (Brittney Harris), who grows up to become a governess and the unlikely love object of the brooding Mr. Rochester (John Terry). This adaptation takes the Brit lit classic in a bold direction by reimagining Bertha (Brandy Sexton), the insane-in-the-attic wife of Mr. Rochester. Here she is the passionate, darker side of dreamy yet prudish Jane, who has worked hard all her life to repress emotions society has told her are forbidden. With popular, Atlanta-based guest director David Crowe and top-notch set and costumes in the historic Fine Arts Theatre, this one should please both literature lovers and fans of innovative theater.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and adapted by Polly Teale is presented by University Theatre in the Fine Arts Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and available at 706-542-4400 or

Lady of Angria: It’s a short musical that goes well with Jane Eyre, and could even be seen in tandem if you want to head over to the Fine Arts Theatre afterward. UGA’s musical theater troupe Next Act is performing this original musical written in 2011 by an NYU student. It’s set in both 19th Century England and the fictional land of Angria, as imagined by Charlotte Brontë while in a dull teaching job. Her sister Anne wants her to come back to the real world, however.

Lady of Angria by Chandra McClelland and Micah Joel is presented by Next Act musical theatre troupe at the Globe on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 at the door. For more information, visit