Jane Austen Adaptations: Film, TV, Web, and Stage

Realizing that many of my readers are unfamiliar with how the media has seen fit to adapt Jane Austen’s many novels, below you will find a list of the majority of them. We who write Austen adaptations know that our readers see the movie/TV adaptation and become hooked on the story lines.

Austen on Stage: The Complete Works of Jane Austen Adapted for the Stage (2019) – by Jon Jory [Note: Jory previously created 3-act plays of Pride and Prejudice, as well as Sense and Sensibility.]

A Modern Persuasion (2019) 

Sandition (2019) – PBS

Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018) – a Hallmark channel modern Pride and Prejudice

Marrying Mr. Darcy (2018) – a Hallmark channel sequel to Unleashing Mr. Darcy

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (2018) – a Hallmark channel modern story loosely based on Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice (2017) – a Kate Hamil adaptation for the stage

The Cate Morland Chronicles (2016) – an adaptive web series 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – a movie based on the novel of the same name 

Pride and Prejudice (2016) – described as a “fresh and sexy” adaptation 

Love and Freindship (2016) – a film version of Lady Susan

Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016) – a Hallmark channel modern version of Pride and Prejudice

Austenatious (2015) – TV series

Jane by the Sea (2015) – film, turns Austen’s real life into a romantic comedy

Northbound (2015) – modern TV series based on Northanger Abbey





















From Mansfield with Love (2014) – a YouTube vlog adaptation of Mansfield Park by Foot in the Door Theatre

The Jane Games (2014) – TV Series 

Kumkum Bhagya (2014) – an Indian television serial  based on Sense and Sensibility

Sandition (2014) – film adaptation 

Sense and Sensibility (2014) – a Kate Hamil adaptation for the stage

Emma Approved (2013-2014) – an Emmy-winning YouTube adaptation in which Emma Woodhouse is a matchmaker











Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) – a 3-part murder mystery television drama

Welcome to Sandition (2013) – a web series spin off of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – (2012 – 2013) – an Emmy winning YouTube adaption

Mansfield Park (2012) – stage adaptation by Tim Luscombe, produced by the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 

Jane Austen Hand Held (2011) – film based on Pride and Prejudice, as told through the lens of a documentary film crew 

Mansfield Park (2011) – a chamber opera

Pride and Prejudice: A Modern Day Tale of First Impressions (2011) – film







Prada to Nada (2011) – Film – modern day Sense and Sensibility with a Spanish “flavor”
Aisha (2010) – an Indie film version of Emma

Emma (2009) a BBC TV mini-series

Darcy and Elizabeth (2008) – a one-act play by Jon Jory

Sense and Sensibilidad (2008) – Film
Lost in Austen (2008) – TV mini-series that takes the main character into the novel’s pages
Sense and Sensibility (2008) – TV mini-series
Jane Austen Trilogy (2008) – a documentary with bibliographic intentions
Miss Austen Regrets (2008) – a made-for-TV show based on Austen’s letters
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) – film based on the popular best-selling book
Mansfield Park (2007) – TV movie
Northanger Abbey (2007) – TV movie
Persuasion (2007) – TV movie
Becoming Jane (2007) – popular film based on Austen’s letters











I Love You Because (2006) – a modern play based on Pride and Prejudice

JANE, the musical (2006) – a West-End style musical theatre production based on the life of Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Film
Bride and Prejudice (2004) – Indie film
Pride and Prejudice (2003) -modern adaptation film
The Real Jane Austen (2002) TV movie based on Jane Austen’s letters
Kandukondain, Kandukondain (2000) Film based on Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park (1998) – Film
“Wishbone”- “Pup Fiction” (1998) -an episode of the popular TV show based on Northanger Abbey
“Wishbone”- “Furst Impressions” (1997) – an episode of the popular TV show
Emma (1996) – TV movie
Emma (1996) – Film









Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Film
Persuasion (1995) – TV movie
Pride and Prejudice (1995) – TV mini-series

Pride and Prejudice (1995) – a musical by Bernard J. Taylor

Ruby in Paradise (1993) – an homage
Sensibility and Sense (1990) – TV movie

Metropolitan (1990) (originally titled “Manhattan”) – directed by Whit Stillman, was a loose adaptation of Mansfield Park set in modern time –  the film tracks “the Austen phenomenon beyond Austen, into what (is called) the ‘post-heritage’ film, a kind of historical costume drama that uses the past in a deliberate or explicit way to explore current issues in cultural politics

Northanger Abbey (1987) -TV movie
Mansfield Park (1983) – TV mini-series
Sense and Sensibility (1981) – TV movie
Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) – Film
Pride and Prejudice (1980) – TV mini-series
Emma (1972) – TV mini-series novel
“Novela” – “Persuasión (1972) -TV series episode
Sense and Sensibility (1971) – TV movie
Persuasion (1971) -TV mini-series
“Novela” – “La abadía de Northanger (1968) -TV series episode
Pride and Prejudice (1967) – TV series
“Novela” – “Emma (1967) – TV series episode
“Novela” – “Orgullo y prejuicio (1966) -TV series episode
Vier dochters Bennet, De (1961) – TV mini-series based on Pride and Prejudice
Emma (1960) – TV movie
Camera Three (1960) – TV series based on Emma
Persuasion (1960) – TV mini-series














First Impressions (1959) – Broadway musical version of Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice (1958) – TV series
Pride and Prejudice (1958) – TV film
“General Motors Presents: Pride and Prejudice” (1958) – TV series episode
Orgoglio e pregiudizio” (1957) – TV mini-series
“Matinee Theater: Pride and Prejudice” (1956) _ TV series episode
“Kraft Television Theatre: Emma” (1954) – TV series episode
Pride and Prejudice (1952) – TV mini-series
“The Philco Television Playhouse: Sense and Sensibility” (1950) – TV series episode
“The Philco Television Playhouse: Pride and Prejudice” (1949) – TV series episode
Emma (1948) -TV film
Pride and Prejudice (1940) – Film
Pride and Prejudice (1938) -TV

Pride and Prejudice (1935) – Helen Jerome’s Broadway play (basis for the 1940 film)

“The Bennets: A Play Without a Plot, Adapted from Jane Austen’s Novel ‘ Pride and Prejudice,” (1901)

Jane Austen’s novels have never been out of print. It would seem that we might say the same thing of cinematic adaptations.


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7 Responses to Jane Austen Adaptations: Film, TV, Web, and Stage

  1. Irina, Ukraine says:

    Dear Regina,

    thank you for such a great job of systemizing all Austen’s films. Have you seen them all? I’m asking cause I want to see those of Pride and prejudice adaptations of 1938, 1952, 1958 and 1967, but cannot find them nor on-line nor on DVD. Thank you for your reply.

    • I have the 1967 version on an old VHS, which I should try to convert to DVD, but the others are not available any longer. Some were lost in TV vaults and destroyed. People actually taped over many of the classic TV shows. The early years of Johnny Carson are lost for that reason. Someone taped over them. I have tried for years to get a copy of a Sally Field production of Mosel’s “All the Way Home.” It was done live. However, I have had no luck in locating it. If I find a source for the Austen flicks, I will keep you in mind. Thank you for visiting my site.
      BTW, you may want to join us on http://www.AustenAuthors.com. We discuss all things Jane Austen (books, films, etc.). There are 23 Austen authors on the site. (Beware: On Friday, April 1, we will be pulling a “joke,” so if you sign on that day, you may be surprised. It is April Fool’s Day, after all.

  2. Spiny Norman says:

    The 1967 version is amazingly hard to find. Although it’s said to be a bit “off colour”, I would still like very much to see it. Please have a look for that video tape?
    Btw. the Italian (1957) and Dutch (1961) adaptations still exist.

  3. Spiny Norman says:

    PS Although I’m not sure there was a movie in 1958, do you have any more information on that?
    What you can find (in English) is only the 1940 movie, also colourised, and the 1980 and 1995 series.
    I suppose some of the single episodes in the “(name of sponsor) theatre” series may still exist, somewhere out of reach (Patrick Macnee as Darcy!).
    But I would be incredibly grateful for anything from the 1967 adaptation. (A few minutes can be seen in a documentary about the 1995 series, but not enough to really get into it.) If you still have that tape, or if you need any help transferring it, please let me know (junefox at g mail dot com).

  4. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Wow! It’s amazing how many adaptations there are of Austen’s works. And when I read the list, I am amazed at how many I’ve actually seen. some of the older ones appear as blurred clips on YouTube, but I still love them. As always, wanting more, just like our JAFF stories. Thanks, Jen

    • I recall watching the General Motors presents program back in 1958. I was 11. The next year, when I was 12 was the first time I read Pride and Prejudice. My mother was a big reader and always encouraged me to read everything in sight.

      • Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

        Nice! I found JA in a used book store. The volume was pretty fat since it contained all of her works in fine print, I might add. I saw the old Greer Garson P&P when I was a teen along with my mom who loved old movies.

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