The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Webster University and the Jane Austen Society of North America’s St. Louis region have teamed up to announce a Jane Austen Festival, running Dec. 6-8 throughout Webster University’s campus.

Featuring a packed activity schedule that includes an incredible roster of Austen scholars, the event will celebrate and illuminate Austen’s writings, as well as the literary, cultural and historical world in which her stories took place.

The festival coincides with The Rep’s production of Pride and Prejudice, which will kick off the festivities with its opening night performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 6.

Here’s an overview of what to expect at the event. All events are free unless noted:

Friday, Dec. 6:

 • 8 p.m.: Opening night performance of Pride and Prejudice at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Tickets start at $28.

Saturday, Dec. 7:

• Discussion with show director Hana S. Sharif and playwright Christopher Baker.

• Susan Allen Ford of Delta State University presents a talk on Austen’s attitudes toward clothing.

• Cathy Reilly of St. Louis Community College gives a talk on Regency-era clothing.

• Backstage tours of The Rep.

• Tea treat baking classes presented by The London Tea Room ($15/person).

• 4 p.m.: Matinee performance of Pride and Prejudice at The Rep. Tickets start at $28.

• 7 to 9 p.m.: An opulent Regency Ball, including Regency dance lessons, music and calling by Childgrove Country Dancers.

• 7 to 9 p.m.: A card playing room, featuring various period card games taught by Jane Austen Society of North America members.

Sunday, Dec. 8:

• Linda Troost of Washington & Jefferson College and Sayre Greenfield of University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg discuss the history of Pride and Prejudice adaptations.

• Short talks from a panel of Jane Austen scholars.

• Afternoon tea, including a presentation from Pride and Prejudice costume designer Dottie Marshall Englis.

• 2 and 7 p.m.: Matinee and evening performances of Pride and Prejudice at The Rep. Tickets start at $24. 

For more information on the festival, visit For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call 314-781-9660 or 800-357-0909 or write to the MHC, 415 S. 18th Street, Suite 100.


  • Starting Friday, December 6th, 2019, repeated every day until Sunday, December 08, 2019 — all day


Webster University

470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119