Following sell-out performances in London, Regent’s Park Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, will embark on a major UK Tour this Autumn, visiting Richmond Theatre from Tue 15 to Sat 19 November. Pride and Prejudice marks the return of Regent’s Park Theatre to Richmond following their smash hit productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.
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. Bennett 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 Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice was first staged in 2013 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the novel’s publication, and is now returning for a major UK tour.
Pride and Prejudice is directed by Deborah Bruce, whose theatre credits include The Mysteries and Helen (Globe Theatre); Ingredient X and Made of Stone (Royal Court); Scarborough (Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Assembly Rooms/Royal Court); Blame (Arcola / York Theatre Royal) and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Bristol Old Vic). It is designed by Max Jones, whose credits include The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Tempest (Globe Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC) and Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Costume design is by Tom Piper MBE, who designed the iconic Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation at the Tower of London, commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. His theatre design credits include Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre and West End); Love For Love (RSC) and The King’s Speech (UK Tour).
Casting is to be announced.
Tue 15 – St 19 November
Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm & Wed & Sat 2.30pm