Isobel McArthur’s acclaimed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will transfer to London’s West End this September.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s classic love story, will open at the Criterion Theatre on 15 October 2021 and is initially booking until 14 February 2022. A press performance is schedule on 2 November 2021.
Men, money and microphones are fought over in this irreverent but affectionate adaptation, which includes pop classics such as Every Day I Write the Book, Young Hearts Run Free, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, I Got You Babe and You’re So Vain.
Five actresses portray the young female servants who retell one of literature’s most famous stories, and these same five actresses play every other character, as well as singing and playing instruments. They’re ready to meddle in the match-making, salivate at the scandal and revel in the romance – all the while belting their hearts out on the karaoke.
“I so wanted to bring PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) to London’s glittering West End. I wanted to put it into the perfect theatre, which is the Criterion, and I would only open it as one of the first NEW shows in London where every seat could be filled” said Producer David Pugh. He feels strongly that “inviting audiences back to the theatre, it is essential that they feel safe but, as important, is that tickets are affordable. There will be no premium seats and tickets at the Criterion Theatre will be £9.50 to £59.50.”
The cast of the original Tron Theatre production will reunite led by writer and director Isobel McArthur playing Mr Darcy and Mrs Bennet; Tori Burgess will play Mr Collins; Christina Gordon plays Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Jane; Hannah Jarrett-Scott will play Charlotte and Charles Bingley and Meghan Tyler will play Lizzie Bennet.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) tickets are on-sale today with WestEndTheatre.com.
The production will be directed Isobel McArthur and Simon Harvey, with comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, lighting by Colin Grenfell, musical supervision by Michael John McCarthy, sound design by Michael John McCarthy and Luke Swaffield for Autograph and choreography by Emily-Jane Boyle.