The 3 Lives of Jane Austen

Written and directed by Lesley Chatterley, Céline Devalan and Elodie Sörensen


“Les 3 vies de Jane Austen” (The 3 Lives of Jane Austen) is the story of a woman writer set in the stifling society of her time. It shows how she chose to write as a way of dealing with personal trauma and how she turned into an extraordinary author.


The story: Jane Austen 1808, Rebecca 2008. The unlikely meeting of two women whose fates strangely collide. The discovery of an aspect of the secret life of Jane Austen will incite Rebecca to hold an investigation, but she is far from imagining the impact of such an enquiry on her own life.


“A most delightful play.” Radio Classique

“Subtle and sober directing, allowing the audience to appreciate the remarkable strength and genius of Jane’s character.” La Terrasse

“The fate of two women performed by two talented actresses.” Kourandart

« This play is a gem. Céline Devalan gives an enthralling performance playing an impressively authentic Jane Austen who is sensitive, vulnerable, romantic … and funny : Her portrayal of Mr Collins, a clergyman no longer in the first flush of youth, is irresistible. » Le Journal de Yolande

« Carried by two superb actresses, the play is presented with great delicacy and intelligence. A brilliant tribute to the most popular of English novelists. » Onirik

“The audience is moved by this beautiful but heartrending story.” Le Courrier Picard

« The elegant staging mainly brings out the grace and freshness of the actresses. Céline Devalan plays Jane Austen with overwhelming credibility. A marvellous dose of romanticism. » Rue du Théâtre

«  This lovely play is held together by the performance of two young talented actresses who enlighten the audience on Jane Austen’s mischievous ideas and on her contribution to the emancipation of women of her time. For all Jane Austen fans and anyone who wants to discover her ! » La Théâtrotheque

« Céline Devalan brilliantly captures Jane Austen’s caustic wit. » Théâtrorama

« Céline Devalan plays a determined, sensitive and funny Jane Austen. Her powerful acting makes you believe in her character almost straightaway, without even thinking of its credibility. A touching and romantic play that lifts your spirit with joy. » Froggy’s Delight

« This play is like a chamber music composition for two voices. When instruments are in tune with one another and the scores precise and well-organised, a harmonious, emotional and enchanting performance comes to life. » Sortiz