Mansfield actor stars in Sense and Sensibility at the Palace Theatre

Mansfield actor Ross Ellis
Mansfield actor Ross Ellis

A NEW adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Sense and Sensibility is coming to Mansfield’s Palace Theatre next month as part of a national tour - and Mansfield Woodhouse actor Ross Ellis is set to play a starring role.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is behind the production, which is directed by Rebecca Gadsby and will be performed on 18th March at 7pm.

Set in Regency England, the play follows the lives of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak in their quest for sense and sensibility.

In the middle of all of this is Edward Ferrars, played by 23-year-old Ross Ellis, who embarks on a relationship with Elinore.

The former Manor School pupil says the play has already been a hit with audiences up and down the country and that he is now looking forward to bringing it to his home town.

He says: “The audiences have been amazing. They laugh at all the right bits and love every bit of it.

“The majority of them know the story - they have read the book and seen the film so they know what to expect.”

Ross has also described how much he has enjoyed working with fellow cast members on the production.

“The company is absolutely lovely. You do bond with the cast really quickly and everyone has been great, they are amazing.

Ross, who recently graduated from the University of Lincoln, also has a talent for Taekwondo and he holds a Black Belt in the sport.

However he has not been able to continue this because of injuries so he has decided to concentrate on drama.

“I always had a passion for it,” he said.

“I did it for many year but I got injuries - which happens with a lot of sports.”

He has also performed in short extracts of plays while he was at university and has also tried his hand at stand-up comedy, performing at Norwich Fringe Festival last year.

At last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ross starred in an adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Secret Window, Secret Garden’.

He said: “I have been quite fortunate with that. Between these, I have just been trying to find work.”

Sense and Sensibility will be performed in period costume and will include traditional song and dance.

Ross said: “The costumes are great - I think that’s the thing the audience will love.”

It has been scripted by young writer Laura Turner, whose recent work includes the BBC’s ‘EastEnders’ spin off ‘EastEnders: E20’.

l To book tickets, priced at £12 (£10 for concessions or £40 for a family of four), contact the box office on Mansfield 633133 or visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.