It’s sort of Jane Austen and it’s coming to Newcastle

Published: 25 July 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The cast Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic
Tori Burgess, Isobel McArthur, Hannah Jarret--Scott, and Megan Tyler Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic
Meghan Tyler, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Tori Burgess and Isobel McArthur Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young present Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) in a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse at Northern Stage in October as part of a national tour.

Originally produced by Tron Theatre and Scottish company Blood of the Young, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), an all-female version of Jane Austen's classic, had a successful run at The Tron in summer 2018 and now it will have a six-venue tour from September 2019 to March 2020.

Six young women have a story to tell. You might have seen them, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate: the overlooked and the undervalued making sure those above stairs find their happy ending. Of course, they’ve always been running the show—after all, “you can’t have a whirlwind romance without clean bedding”—but tonight, the servants are also playing every part.

Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this "loving and irreverent" all-female adaptation of Jane Austen’s literary classic which Austen herself described as “light and bright and sparkling,” a description which has been repeated often since. In fact, she then refers to “the playfulness and general epigrammatism of the general style.”

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, playwright David Greig, said, “Blood of the Young are a brilliant young voice of Scottish Theatre, and their below-stairs take on Pride and Prejudice is a pitch-perfect blend of reverent homage and mischievous send up. I could not be more delighted to be working with them to bring this show to The Lyceum stage, and out to our partners across the UK.”

The play is written by Isobel McArthur (after Jane Austen) and directed by Paul Brotherston and the original 2018 cast reprise their roles. They are Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Isobel McArthur and Meghan Tyler. They are joined by newcomer Felixe Forde, making her professional debut.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) comes to Northern Stage from 2 to 12 October. Tickets from £10 are available from the Northern Stage box office or online.