In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet is an English country gentleman living surrounded by women – his wife and five unmarried daughters – good and beautiful Jane, the headstrong and clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, impish, silly Kitty and wild child Lydia. With no male heirs, the family estate will be inherited by a distant cousin, leaving Mrs. Bennet fearful of what is to become of them. When Mr. Bingley, a rich upper-class gentleman buys a large house next door, Mrs Bennet orders eldest daughter Jane to capture Mr. Bingley’s affections. But matters are complicated by Mr. Bingley’s companions – his snooty sister Caroline and the extraordinarily wealthy, dashing and proud Mr. Darcy. When the outspoken second daughter Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy, sparks of disdain smoulder over time into one of the most enduring, heartwarming, and fiercely romantic love stories ever told. More than 200 years after the novel first appeared in print, Janet Munsil’s witty, romantic, and ingenious adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved tale of the independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet and enigmatic Mr Darcy is remarkable for capturing the tone and compressing the complexity of the story into a fast-paced, funny, and fiercely romantic two hours on stage.
Mr Bennet / Mrs Bennet / Jane Bennet / Elizabeth Bennet / Mary Bennet / Kitty Bennet / Lydia Bennet / Mr Collins / Charlotte Lucas / George Wickham / Charles Bingley / Caroline Bingley / Mr Gardiner / Mrs Gardiner / Lady Catherine de Bourgh / Lady Anne de Bourgh/ Fitzwilliam Darcy / Georgiana Darcy / Mrs Reynolds
The playwright encourages imaginative solutions to doubling, and inclusive casting. Suggested doubling: Georgiana/Mary, Kitty/Lady Anne, Lady Catherine/Mrs Reynolds OR Mr Collins/Mrs Reynolds. Other doubling possible. The play has been performed by a cast as small as 9, and as large as 40.
Theatre Calgary & Canada’s National Arts Centre (Ottawa), 2012.
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