Pride and Prejudice is the most famous love story our country has ever produced, yet the women don’t work, the servants don’t speak, and who cares how filthy rich Mr Darcy is when he is so arrogant and RUDE?
Georgian England was a world where men had property while women had smelling salts and piano lessons. Lucky them.
Elizabeth Bennet is witty and clever, has terrible manners and muddy shoes – but with no independence. Is her ending actually happy or have we been distracted by Colin Firth and frilly shirts?
In a brand new comic adaptation by stand-up’s Sara Pascoe, with an original score from Emmy the Great and directed by Susannah Tresilian (Director of Posh at Nottingham Playhouse in 2015), here is a playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful take on this brilliant novel.
Susannah Tresilian said: “It is a dream come true to be asked to direct a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, one of history’s greatest love stories.
“I’m interested in taking a fresh look at it, while staying loyal to the original.
“I’m so pleased to be working with two other Austenites, the brilliant Sara Pascoe and Emmy the Great, to create an authentic Pride and Prejudice for a modern audience – combining, one might say, a 21st century sense with a 19th century sensibility..”
Sara Pascoe said: “I am massively excited to be adapting the book for the stage and demonstrating Austen’s courage and wit to a new generation of theatre- goers.
“I hope our fresh and funny version will make existing Pride and Prejudice fans fall in love with the characters all over again.”
Pride and Prejudice plays at Nottingham Playhouse from September 15–30 and York Theatre Royal from October 4-14.