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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

October 5 - 7 & 11 -13, 2018

By Jane Austen
Adapted by Carol MacVey and Molly Winstead
Directed by Carol MacVey

E.C. Mabie Theatre
UI Theatre Building, 200 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA, 52242

This world premiere adaptation of Jane Austen's first and funniest novel takes us on a romp of love, friendship, and misunderstandings galore. Young Catherine Morland is obsessed with Gothic romance novels and when she's invited to stay at Northanger Abbey, she's sure it's a world of secrets and villainous mayhem. This coming of age story is brought to our stage with Austen's brilliant wit and highlights the music, dancing, and comic world of women and men only Austen could create.

Please Note

This production will use theatrical haze.

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Running Time

About 2 Hours 15 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.


For this University event, each University of Iowa or other college student must present their student ID to attend the performance with a student ticket.



Parking in Lot 55 is free for patrons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Parking meters surround the perimeter of the lot for week-day use. Please note that Lot 55 is also a staging area for free shuttle buses to Hawkeye Football and Basketball games. On Saturdays when Mainstage performances are held at the same time as a Hawkeye Football Game, the metered lot on the West side of the Theatre Building will be reserved for Theatre Patrons.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. All theatres are accessible, and are equipped with hearing augmentation systems. For details, call Theatre Arts (319-335-1700).
The main entrance is accessible to persons with disabilities, and is located on the east (river) side of the building. It is reached via a ramp located at the southwest corner of the building.

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