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The Royal Lyceum Announces return of Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of)

Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of), Photo credit: Matt Crockett

The Olivier Award winning production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) is coming home to Scotland with the original Scottish cast following an acclaimed season in London’s West End.

Isobel McArthur’s unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s classic love story was critically acclaimed when it played at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.  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 actors portray the young female servants who retell one of literature’s most famous stories, and these same five actors play every other character, as well as singing and playing instruments.

The cast of the original production will be reunited for the UK tour. Writer and director Isobel McArthur will once again play Darcy and Mrs Bennet alongside Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Leah Jamieson and Hannah Jarrett-Scott.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) will be directed by 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.

David Pugh presents The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s production of PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, David Greig, said: 

“When we first opened Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) here at The Lyceum in 2019 we knew it was something special – a pitch perfect blend of reverent homage and mischievous send up of Jane Austen’s beloved classic made by a terrifically talented Scottish team of artists.
“Since then, this marvellous show has toured the UK and taken London’s West End by storm, winning the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this spirit lifting production back to The Lyceum Stage to delight audiences in Edinburgh once more this October.”

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Austen’s Power: Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of)

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I am delighted to currently be education consultant for producer David Pugh for Pride and Prejudice* (sort of) at the Criterion, London. 

Isobel McArthur’s unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s classic love story was critically acclaimed when it played at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.  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,  and You’re So Vain. 

You can read my recent interview with the writer and co-director Isobel on BroadwayWorld here:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Interview-Isobel-McArthur-Talks-PRIDE-AND-PREJUDICE-SORT-OF-20211023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4-j_cZF5Mc

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) runs at the Criterion Theatre until 13 February, 2022

FIRST LOOK: New Trailer for Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) at Criterion Theatre

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PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) is written by Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen and is a unique and audacious retelling of Austen’s classic love story, where 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.
The cast of the original Tron Theatre production will be reunited for the London and West End premiere. Writer and director Isobel McArthur will once again play Darcy and Mrs Bennet.  Also in the cast will be Tori Burgess as Mr Collins, Christina Gordon as Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Jane, Hannah Jarrett-Scott as Charlotte and Charles Bingley and Meghan Tyler as Lizzie Bennet.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) will be directed at the Criterion Theatre by 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.
Producer David Pugh presents Tron Theatre Company, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Blood of the Young’s production of  PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse.

Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) to open in London’s West End

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Olivier and Tony Award-winning producer David Pugh is proud to announce that he will be presenting the Tron Theatre Glasgow, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Blood of the Young’s production of PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) by Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen at the Criterion Theatre for an open-ended run, previewing from 15 October and opening on 2 November 2021.

Isobel McArthur’s unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s classic love story was critically acclaimed when it played at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.  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.

David Pugh said today, “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.”  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.”  All tickets during previews are £9.50 to £25.

The cast of the original Tron Theatre production will be reunited. Writer and director Isobel McArthur (Wendy and Peter PanAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lyceum; Cyrano de Bergerac, The Lyceum, National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre; Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound, Blood of the Young, Tron Theatre, Scottish Tour; Robin Hood, Manhattan Children’s Theatre; Avoidable ClimbingTake Me Somewhere, Citizens Theatre) will once again play Darcy and Mrs Bennet.  Also in the cast will be Tori Burgess (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lyceum; Bear Pit, Blood of the Young; Secret Show 1, Blood of the Young & Tron Theatre; Margaret Saves Scotland, Oran Mor, Traverse, Lemon Tree, Marilyn Imrie) as Mr Collins, Christina Gordon (Glory on Earth, The Lyceum; The CheviotThe Stag and the BlackBlack Oil, National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep; Mancub, Cumbernauld Theatre; Rocket Post, National Theatre of Scotland) as Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Jane, Hannah Jarrett-Scott (Glory on Earth, The Lyceum; The Taming of the Shrew, Sherman Theatre, Tron Theatre; The Wolves, Theatre Royal Stratford East; A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline, Gilded Baloon) as Charlotte and Charles Bingley and Meghan Tyler (A Streetcar Named Desire, Lyric Theatre Belfast; Medicine, Off the Middle with The Hope Theatre; The Persians, Oran Mor, Traverse Theatre; Look Back in Anger, Cumbernauld Theatre; Two Gentlemen of VeronaA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guilford Shakespeare Company; Shetland, BBC) as Lizzie Bennet.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) will be directed by 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.

David Pugh presents Tron Theatre Company, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Blood of the Young’s production of PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse.

Website: www.prideandprejudicesortof.com

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The poster is an oil painting by Bob Venables especially commissioned for this production.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Criterion Theatre

218-223 Piccadilly

Piccadilly Circus

London W1V 9LB

Box Office:  033 33 202 895

Tickets:  £9.50-£59.50 (Previews £9.50 – £25)

Performances:  Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm & 7pm

Christmas schedule

Monday 20 December                         No performance

Tuesday 21 December                        7.30pm

Wednesday 22 December                   7.30pm

Thursday 23 December                       3pm & 7.30pm

Friday 24 December                            3pm

Saturday 25 December                        No performance

Sunday 26 December                          2.30pm & 7pm

Monday 27 December                         No performance

Tuesday 28 December                        7.30pm

Wednesday 29 December                  3pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 30 December                       7.30pm

Friday 31 December                            3pm

Saturday 1 January                             3pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 2 January                                2.30pm & 7pm

Currently booking until 14 February 2022