Pride and Prejudice is always somewhere near the very top of our ‘best-loved’ book lists and deservedly so. It’s an absolute delight – beautifully crafted, shrewdly observed and utterly captivating.
The plot, in case you don’t know, centres around the iconic Elizabeth Bennet, second of five sisters, all of whom Mother Bennet is desperate to marry off for fear they’ll be left penniless should anything unfortunate happen to Mr Bennet.
Enter the charming Mr Bingley and his handsome, but rather less charming, friend Mr Darcy. Bingley falls head over heels for Jane Bennet, eldest and loveliest of the sisters, and this is a wonderful potential match not only because he’s fantastically rich, but because they’re both absolute sweethearts and deserve each other.
Naturally the course of true love does not run smoothly. Bingley’s sisters do not approve and nor does Mr Darcy, who sets out to extricate his friend from what he considers an unsuitable arrangement. In keeping with the inconsistency of human nature though, Darcy finds himself inconveniently but passionately attracted to Elizabeth Bennet who – having been insulted by him earlier in the novel – and possessing a strong sense of self – doesn’t like him at all.
But Lizzie herself is not infallible and is well on the way to being hooked herself by a man with lovely manners, beautiful bone-structure, and not even the teeniest desire to tell the truth. So away we go, through all the twists and turns, misjudgements and misdemeanours, charming rogues, awkward encounters and glorious social faux pas of the ultimate romantic comedy!
Our original adaptation ran in London and toured to Essex and Hertfordshire.