Persuasion (2022)

  • Main Auditorium
  • 26 February 2022 - 19 March 2022
  • A Rose Original Production, Alexandra Palace, in association with Oxford Playhouse

By Jane Austen
Adapted by Jeff James, with James Yeatman
Directed by Jeff James



★★★★ 'A mischievously fun modern take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion' - The Telegraph



Featuring a soundtrack of Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa and Cardi B, Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy is riotously reimagined for the twenty-first century. 

Jeff James and James Yeatman's captivating adaptation, first seen at the Royal Exchange Theatre, retains the quick wit and scandal of Austen’s novel but switches Regency ballrooms for neon lights to present this 19th-century romance as you’ve never seen it before. 

When Frederick Wentworth proposed to Anne Elliot eight years ago, he was undistinguished with no prospects, only able to offer his love and ambition. Persuaded out of accepting his proposal by her family, Anne has never quite got over her first love. 

But now Wentworth is back. Rich, successful, single and handsome, the now decorated naval Captain has become a serious catch. When circumstances bring the two face to face again, Anne's forced to confront her past and face-up to her choices.


Listen to the music!


2 for 1 Tickets - Love Your Local Theatre

Thanks to support from The National Lottery we are proud to introduce the Love Your Local Theatre campaign. Booking is now open.

Purchase a ticket for any Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening or Thursday matinee performance of Persuasion throughout March and get another ticket free, courtesy of the National Lottery.

Simply enter the code ROSEEXTRA at checkout via our website, or quote this if booking over the phone via Box Office.

  • Valid on Bands A to C, and offer will only work on full price tickets.
  • Subject to availability - if the offer won't apply then allocation has run out.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or concession, and cannot be accessed by group bookings or school groups.
  • This promotion is available to anyone who is a National Lottery player and possesses a ticket or other proof of purchase for a National Lottery game. Please bring proof of purchase with you to the theatre.

For full T&Cs click here.


★★★★ 'Audacious Austen comedy is joyfully silly' - The Guardian

★★★★ 'As innovative and funny an interpretation as you’re likely to see' - The Stage


Event Details

Running Time: 2hrs 10mins incl. interval
Age guidance: 12+
Warnings: Contains loud music, flashing lights and infrequent use of explicit language.

Press night: Thursday 3 March, 7:30pm
Friends night: Thursday 10 March, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Rose Café/Bar

Captioned performance: Saturday 12 March, 2:30pm
(Please note: these captions will be delivered by trainee captioners, so there may be minor errors.)
Socially distanced performance: Wednesday 16 March, 7:30pm
Having listened to the concerns of our loyal audiences, we have taken the decision to keep at least one performance socially distanced across key productions in our 21/22 Season. See our COVID-19 Secure web page for details.

The Rose is proud to be 'See it Safely' approved.


Photography: Seamus Ryan. Design: Muse.