An Evening with Jane Austen: Meet the Cast

An Evening with Jane Austen is brought into vivid life by Adrian Lukis and Caroline Langrishe. Known to audiences from their multiple appearances on both stage and screen, their interpretations of Jane's most beloved (and occasionally notorious) characters are sure to delight.

A Short Theatrical History of Adrian Lukis

Adrian is perhaps best known for playing Mr Wickham in the definitive 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice.  He also spent three years in the leading role of Dr David Shearer in the popular drama, Peak Practice, and has worked extensively in the theatre, particularly at the RSC and National Theatre. Adrian's recent television work includes New Tricks, Downton Abbey and Toast of London.

The devilish charm that Adrian brought to his performance as Wickham makes him ideally suited to bring to life some of Jane Austen's best-loved characters.

Adrian's other television credits include Downton AbbeyThe CrownRed Dwarf, Apple Tree YardX Company, Death in Paradise, Silk, Midsomer Murders (twice!), Poirot, Silent Witness, Fresh Meat, Outnumbered, Pete vs Life, Money, Lewis, Trial and Retribution, Spooks, Foyle’s War, Prime Suspect and too many more to mention!

Theatre credits include The Price (Olivier nominated), I'm Gonna Pray for You So HardThe SeagullOrson’s ShadowVersailles, BullSherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret, As You Like ItHay Fever,  The Winslow BoyKafka’s Dick, The Philadelphia Story and Cloaca.

Films include JudyCity Slacker, Victim, Nine Miles Down, Innocent, Nightwatching, 7 Seconds, Me Without You, Young Blades and The Trench.

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A Short Theatrical History of Caroline Langrishe

Caroline has been an actress in theatre and television since she was seventeen.  She is probably best known as Charlotte Cavendish in Lovejoy, Lady Anne Carmoynes in Sharpe and Georgina Channing in Judge John Deed.  Caroline's recent television work includes Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of DeathDeath in Paradise and Hollyoaks.

Her extensive experience in classical drama, both in theatre and television, combine with her lively wit to make her uniquely placed to breathe life into Jane Austen’s heroines.

Caroline's other television credits include The Case, Outnumbered, Pete vs Life, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Doctors, Egypt, Sons, Daughters and Lovers, As If, Mosley, Poirot, Peak Practice and many more.

Theatre credits include Caroline's KitchenHow the Other Half LovesMuch Ado About NothingLady Anna: All at Sea, First Episode, The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, The Memory of Water, The Handyman, Hay Fever, Murderer, An Ideal Husband, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Danton’s Death

Films include Aleeza and Harriet, Love’s Kitchen, Rogue Trader, Parting Shots, Crimetime,Twelfth Night, Hawks, Cleopatra, Dead Man’s Folly, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Mistral’s Daughter and The Eagle’s Wing.

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Musical Guests

Rosie Lomas graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011 with a distinction in her final recital.

She made her operatic debut with English National Opera in 2011 as American Suburban Girl in Nico Muhly's opera, Two Boys. In June 2013 Rosie returned to ENO to play the joint roles of Lucy and Josh in Philip Glass's The Perfect American, having performed at its world premiere in Madrid in January 2013. She also performed the role in Brisbane Festival in September 2014.

Other operatic roles include Flora in The Turn of the Screw with Holland Park Opera (July 2014) and at the Festival di Spoleto (June 2012), First Witch and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas (Ad Parnassum), Cupid in Venus and Adonis (Ad Parnassum) and Bastienne in Bastien & Bastienne with Opera Alegria (February 2015).

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Camilla Pay is one of the leading young harpists in London today. Her love for music began at an early age and grew even stronger at eight when she first played the harp. During her time as a music scholar at King’s School Canterbury, she was twice overall winner at the Kent Festival, regional finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and finalist in the World Harp Festival. In 1997, she was awarded the Craxton Memorial Award and an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated with honours, on a Bachelor of music degree. There, she studied with acclaimed harpists, Skaila Kanga and Daphne Boden. 

Camilla has worked with many artists including Alfie Boe, Andrea Bocelli, Annie Lennox, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding, Enya, George Benson, Il Divo, Jay-Z, Josh Groban, Kayne West, Katherine Jenkins, Madness, Michael Bublé, McFly, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Rihanna, The Killers and The Streets. 

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Katarzyna Kowalik is a harpsichordist and early keyboard specialist performing actively as a soloist and with many baroque ensembles. She currently holds an artistic residency at the Handel House Museum in London as part of the Handel House Talent scheme. Katarzyna completed her Master Degree in Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MPerf 2012) with Carole Cerasi, James Johnstone and Nicholas Parle, obtaining The City of London Corporation Award (2011) and Guildhall School Trust Award (2010). She was also awarded a prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship twice (2012, 2013).

Katarzyna  has performed extensively as a soloist, continuo player or director across Europe and is also a director of the Royal Baroque ensemble. In addition, she has performed in many prestigious  venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Fields, the Barbican Centre, St George’s Hanover Square and Handel House Museum.

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Valeria Kurbatova
Valeria Kurbatova started her musical career at the age of eight when she began studying the harp at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow.                           

She had her debut at the age of nine at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire and since then has performed as a soloist and in ensemble groups at a vast range of venues including Rachmaninov’s Concert Halls, the International House of Music, Kensington Palace, the National Gallery and the Royal College of Music.

Valeria has won a number of international  awards and scholarships and is the principal harpist of the London Electronic Orchestra. Valeria also collaborates in many other different ensembles and projects.

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