Sense and Sensibility (Swale)

by  Jessica Swale

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 4f

When their wealthy half-brother cheats them of their fortune, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are left penniless. They are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park and relocate to chilly Barton Cottage in Devonshire, but when John Willoughby, a handsome stranger, arrives one day with a rain-drenched Marianne in his arms, the sisters are convinced that their fortunes are changed forever.

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Sense and Sensibility (Swale)

by  Jessica Swale

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Eminently sensible Elinor pines for quiet, kind-hearted Edward Ferrars, but the impulsive Marianne loses herself in the idea of her hero on horseback, and for a girl who feasts on poetry and music, what else is there to do in Devon but dream of rescue? 

In Jessica Swale’s delightful adaptation of Austen’s dearly-loved classic, we follow the fortunes of Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back.

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Setting: The play is set at the beginning of the 1800s.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


5m, 4f

The play was originally performed by nine actors with the following doubling, but could as easily suit a larger company.

Elinor Dashwood

Marianne Dashwood

Margaret Dashwood/Lucy Steele

Fanny Dashwood/Mrs Jennings

Mrs Dashwood/Mrs Palmer/Miss Grey

Edward Ferrars/Robert Ferrars/Mr Palmer

Colonel Brandon


Sir John/Mr Dashwood/Thomas/Mr Perks/Doctor

Other servants, gossips and ball attendees can be played by members of the company.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The play was originally performed by 9 actors but could easily suit a larger company.


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Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale is a writer and director. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company and a returning playwright at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Plays include Nell Gwynn (winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award 2015), All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company) and adaptations of Sense an ...

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The play was first presented at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in April 2014.

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