One of the big hits of last year’s Chester Literature Festival is making a welcome return for 2016.

Austentatious have enjoyed five sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs and three sell-out national tours and now the award-winning and critically acclaimed improvised comedy show will be back in Chester next month.

Join the all-star cast as they improvise a new Jane Austen work before your very eyes, based upon a single suggestion. As audience members take to their seats, they are encouraged to write the titles of imaginary Austen novels, one of which is selected – entirely at random – and immediately performed.

Presented in full period costume with live musical accompaniment, Austentatious is a hilarious Regency treat.

Past ‘lost’ masterpieces include Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark. No two shows are ever the same.

The company said: "We are looking forward to driving our carriage and bringing our Austen-inspired larks to audiences up and down the country.

“The audience make up the titles, so no show is ever the same and it is a joy to have absolutely no idea what will happen every night.

“As we approach the 200th anniversary of Jane’s passing in 2017 and celebrate the 200th birthday of Persuasion, it is a delight to be able to still be inspired by her wonderful stories and characters.”

Following appearances on Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4 Extra, a sell-out residency at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, and a Chortle Award for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Group in 2014, Austentatious are thrilled to be readying the carriage once more.

Austentatious will be appearing at the Chester Literature Festival on Saturday, October 8. Visit for details.