“Playful” Nottingham and York take on Pride and Prejudice

Steve Orme

Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal are to co-produce a “playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful take” on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe’s adaptation features an original score by Emmy the Great and is directed by Susannah Tresilian, director of Laura Wade’s Posh at Nottingham Playhouse in 2015.

Matt Whitchurch will play Mr Darcy. Bethan Mary-James is Elizabeth. She played Ambitiosa in Thomas Midleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy at Nottingham Playhouse in 2016.

The Bennet sisters are Rebecca D’Souza as Jane and Alice Haig as Kitty and Charlotte. Rachel Partington plays Mary, Miss Darcy, Miss de Bourgh and Mrs Hurst. Olivia Onyehara is Lydia and Miss Bingley.

Matthew Romain is Mr Bingley and Mr Collins, Alex Sawyer is Wickham, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr Gardiner and Kerry Peers plays Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mrs Gardiner and the housekeeper.

Design is by Carla Goodman, lighting by Mark Howland and sound by Drew Baumohl. Pride and Prejudice runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 15 until Saturday 30 September. Press night will be Tuesday 19 September. It transfers to York Theatre Royal from Wednesday 4 until Saturday 14 October. Press night will be Wednesday 4 October.