Outdoor Cinema at Chawton House, Hampshire

  • 07 Sep 2020
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Image credit: Claire Lewis Photography

Chawton House is excited to announce its very first outdoor cinema event with a screening of ‘Emma’ (2020) on Sunday 13th September 2020.

Enjoy Autumn de Wilde’s sumptuous adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma in the historic grounds of Chawton House.

There is no more fitting setting. Jane Austen spent much time in the gardens and up at Chawton House or “the Great House”, as she called it, having moved to the old bailiff’s cottage in Chawton village, a short walk away and now Jane Austen’s House. When her brother, Edward Austen Knight, inherited the Chawton estate from childless relatives, he offered his mother and sisters the cottage to live in rent-free. It was whilst living there that Jane Austen wrote, revised and published all her major works. Although the fictional village of Highbury is in Surrey, not Hampshire, some have claimed nearby Alton is the model for it. It has also been suggested, over the years, that Donwell Abbey was modelled on Chawton House. As Chief Executive, Katie Childs puts it, “There is something magical about viewing the latest adaptation of Emma in the grounds of Chawton House where Jane Austen spent many happy hours. Her time here must surely have influenced the settings of her novels. And the names Knight and Knightley are tantalisingly suggestive!”

Doors open at 7.30pm, screening starts at 8.00pm.  Purchase refreshments and popcorn from the Old Kitchen Tearoom before taking your place on the South Lawn.

Tickets are £14 and can be booked online.

This event will take place whatever the weather and tickets are non-refundable. 

In the event of particularly bad wind or rain this event will move inside Chawton House’s barn and the film will be screened in two sittings: 6-8:15pm and 8:30-10:45pm. 

Ticket holders will be emailed with an update on Thursday 10 September when more accurate weather forecasts are available. 

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