A TIMELESS adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel about growing up and getting it all wrong is coming to the stage.

Northanger Abbey will be performed by the Cyphers Theatre Company at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Thursday, May 23 at 8pm.

Catherine Morland has grown up in the country with only sensational novels and pop culture to inform her of life beyond the village. Leaving home for the first time, she expects brooding heroes, ruthless bandits and glorious adventures to await her. They don’t. After all, reality is more complicated.

Mark Tattersall of Dorchester Arts said: “In this clever adaptation, Catherine discovers that friends can hurt, heroes aren’t always nice, and evil is sometimes just a point of view. She learns to navigate how to understand people when they say one thing and mean another!”

Cyphers Theatre Company aims to empower audiences to engage with classic stories who care about making both live theatre and literature accessible. In this production, they use their ensemble-led, energetic style to take audiences' imagination of Austen beyond the dreaded bonnets and frills, into a tale about something we've all experienced - the messy process of becoming an adult.

Contact Dorchester Arts for tickets.