Set to close the 2016 season at the Open Air Theatre, the 2013 production of Pride & Prejudice will be heading off on a UK tour from September. 

Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet. Photo Simon Turtle and Feast Creative.jpg
Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet. Photograph courtesy of Simon Turtle and Feast Creative. 

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade will head off on a UK tour from September.

Opening at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, the production will then visit: Norwich, Cambridge, Salford, Leicester, Woking, Truro, Birmingham and Richmond, with further dates in 2017.

Pride and Prejudice is the third Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to tour the UK, following To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.

The cast will include Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet. She has most recently been seen on the big screen as Mrs Mainwaring in the 2016 film remake of Dad’s Army. Other roles include erpetua in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Caroline Bosman in ITV’s Doc Martin and Sue 2 in BBC’s Nighty Night. On stage she has appeared in Quartermaine’s Terms alongside Rowan Atkinson (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Shaughraun (National Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre).

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.

Directed by Deborah Bruce, Pride and Prejudice also includes designs by Max Jones and costume design by Tom Piper. Further casting for the production has yet to be announced.

Pride and Prejudice will head off on a UK tour from the 21st September until the 25th February 2017. For more information on the venues and to book tickets visit: http://www.prideandprejudiceplay.com/#tour

 

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