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Pride and Prejudice

Adapted by Simon Read. Based on the novel by Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice is the most famous love story our country has ever produced. In Georgian England, men had property whilst women had smelling salts and piano lessons.  At that time women had no legal status.  Just as children, they were the property of fathers until marriage when that ownership passed to their husbands.  Women could not own or rent property, they could not vote or have a bank account.

With this backdrop, the Bennet daughter’s prospects are not rosy.  Without financial independence they have few if any choices.  Women sold themselves for a roof over their heads.  How could such an arrangement have a happy outcome and yet Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice as a romantic comedy.

The histrionic attempts at match-making by Mrs Bennet and her daughters are undeniably funny but why is it that this back drop of repression still holds our interest today?  Is it because Elizabeth Bennet’s and Mr Darcy’s passion is reliant on the restrictions of Regency culture, their passion created by its repression?  Or is it that love flourishes no matter how awful the situation in which people find themselves and we do so cherish a love story against all the odds!

Simon Reade’s adaptation for the stage looks with affection at the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s most famous literary romance. An ingenious set and a large cast led by Imogen Willetts, James Slacke, Gini Comyns and Mike Poole will bring you into the enchanting and very funny world of Jane Austen.

A Stables Theatre Production directed by Carol Hunt.

Mr Bennet
Mike Poole
Mrs Bennet
Gini Comyns
Miss Jane Bennet
Aisling Tigwell
Miss Elizabeth Bennet
Imogen Willetts
Miss Mary Bennet
Esme Needham
Miss Kitty Bennet
Alice Loosley
Miss Lydia Bennet
Francesca Surman
Mrs Gardiner
Helen Pierce
Mr Collins
Glen Marks
Sir William Lucas
Ian Morson
Miss Charlotte Lucas
Rebecca Barrie
Mr Bingley
Paul Kerry
Miss Caroline Bingley
Elizabeth Annetts
Lady Catherine De Bourgh
Tessa Boase
Georgiana Darcy
Roisin Stoneham
Miss Annabel De Bourgh
Esme Needham
Mr Darcy
James Slacke
Mr Reynolds
Adrian Bowd
Mr Wickham
Carey Poole

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