Felicity Montagu leads OAT Pride and Prejudice UK tour

Felicity Montagu in Pride and Prejudice. Image Simon Turtle and Feast Creative.
Felicity Montagu in Pride and Prejudice. Image Simon Turtle and Feast Creative.

Felicity Montagu has signed up to play Mrs Bennet in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Pride and Prejudice which is touring this autumn.

The Open Air Theatre’s acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s classic story, that has been adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, returns briefly to Regent’s Park to close the 2016 summer season ahead of a major UK Tour starting in September.

Pride and Prejudice is the third OAT show to tour the UK following their smash hit productions of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2014/15 and Lord of the Flies in 2015/16.

Felicity Montagu will play Mrs. Bennet. Perhaps best known for playing the long-suffering PA Lynn in I’m Alan Partridge, Felicity was most recently seen playing Mrs Mainwaring in the 2016 film remake of Dad’s Army.

Other notable roles include Perpetua in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Caroline Bosman in ITV’s Doc Martin, roles in The Durrells, Mapp and Lucia, and three series of Hank Zipzer.

On stage, Felicity has starred in Quartermaine’s Terms alongside Rowan Atkinson (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Shaughraun (National Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre).

2013 cast. Image Johan Persson
2013 cast. Image Johan Persson

One of the most universally loved and quintessentially English novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of the Bennet family and their five unmarried daughters.

A family of humble means, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet see the perfect opportunity to improve their social standing when the wealthy Mr. Bingley and his eligible friend Mr. Darcy move to the neighbourhood.

But while Bingley takes an immediate liking to their eldest daughter Jane, the dismissive Darcy instantly clashes with the Bennet’s headstrong second daughter, Elizabeth.

As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match.

First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies and spawning numerous adaptations, most notably the 1940 film starring Laurence Olivier and the 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth.

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice was first staged in 2013 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the novel’s publication.

2016/17 UK TOUR

September 21-24, BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
September 27-October 1, NORWICH Theatre Royal
October 4-8, CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
October 11-15, SALFORD The Lowry
October 18-22, LEICESTER Curve
October 25-29, WOKING New Victoria Theatre
November 1-5, TRURO Hall for Cornwall
November 8-12, BIRMINGHAM Rep
November 15-19, RICHMOND Theatre

January 17–21, BATH Theatre Royal
January 24-28, HIGH WYCOMBE Swan
January 31-February 4, CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre
February 14-18, NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal
February 21-25, CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre.

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