Enchanted April

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Enchanted April
Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by Mark Shivas
Simon Relph
Ann Scott
Matthew Hamilton
Written by Peter Barnes
Starring Miranda Richardson
Josie Lawrence
Polly Walker
Joan Plowright
Alfred Molina
Michael Kitchen
Jim Broadbent
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Cinematography Rex Maidment
Edited by Dick Allen
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • 5 April 1992 (1992-04-05)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $13,200,170

Enchanted April is a 1992 film adaptation of Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel, The Enchanted April, directed by Mike Newell. The novel was previously adapted as a stage play by Kane Campbell in 1925, and as an RKO Radio film in 1935. A new, Tony Award-nominated stage adaptation of the novel by Matthew Barber debuted on Broadway in 2003.


Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their rainy, grey environments to go on holiday in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies' club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning but aloof Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love.



The film was shot on location at Castello Brown in Portofino, Italy. This same castle was where the author of the book stayed in the 1920s. The score by Richard Rodney Bennett, featuring winsome flute and oboe themes, effectively evokes the film's mood and accentuates the story's sentimentality and nostalgia.[1]


The film gained a positive reaction from critics and currently holds an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.




2003 stage adaptation[edit]

Original Broadway cast[edit]





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