First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a classic and timeless love story set in the late 18th century. Mr and Mrs Bennet are keen to see their five unmarried daughters find husbands. When two fine gentlemen move into their neighbourhood, Mrs Bennet is keen for her two eldest children, Jane and Elizabeth to make their acquaintance. Jane is instantly attracted to the eligible Mr Bingley, and he takes a liking to her. However, Elizabeth is not so struck by the handsome Mr Darcy, and takes an instant dislike to him.
Pride and Prejudice is all about class and social standing in a time when your connections really mattered.
Joannah Tincey, adaptor, founder and actor of Two Bit Classics has taken this popular novel and turned it into a unique piece of theatre with over 20 characters being played by just two actors!
Using only Austen’s words Tincey has created a production that flows well with just the right amount of subtle humour. The simple set design, clever costumes and, the added addition of a small prop here and there, make it easy to tell one character from another – even when played by the same actor in quick succession.
Tincey and her fellow actor Nick Underwood both put in great performances, and, although the pair play all of the parts with ease, particularly enjoyable is Underwoods portrayal of Bennet sisters Jane and Kitty.
Lovers of Pride and Prejudice will find this production as enjoyable as new comers to this tale. So wend your way to Pemberley and make sure you don’t miss Two Bit Classics production of Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice will be at the New Wolsey Theatre until Wednesday 2nd November, to book tickets telephone 01473 295900.
The production is back in the area on Friday 11th November when Pride and Prejudice will be at the Spa Pavilion Theatre Felixstowe. To book tickets visit www.spapavilion.uk or telephone 01394 284962.
Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine