Alan Stanford’s production of Pride and Prejudice returns to the Gate Theatre this August after a hugely successful run earlier in the year.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and this year celebrates its 200th anniversary. Its universal themes of love, class, reputation and courtship are what contribute to its continued success amongst modern readers.
Since the novel’s first publication in 1813, there have been many adaptations on both stage and screen of this timeless romantic comedy that is regarded by so many readers and writers as one of the best books of all time.
Alan Stanford’s production of the novel was first performed on the stage of the Gate Theatre 12 years ago and was met with widespread critical acclaim. His most recent production at the theatre earlier this year was so well received, that the powers that be have brought the play back by popular demand for another month-long run.
Adapted by James Maxwell, the play brings to life the classic tale of the Bennett sisters, focusing on the eldest sister, Elizabeth Bennett, played by Lorna Quinn, and her tempestuous relationship with Mr. Darcy, played by Sam O’ Mahony.
On first meeting Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth’s pride leads her to misjudge him as being arrogant and conceited, while Mr. Darcy’s prejudice against her social position blinds him of her virtues.
Following various events involving each of the sisters, the family’s lives are turned upside down while the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy begins to change.
The preview for the play takes place on Wednesday, 20th August. The play opens Thursday, 21st August, running until Saturday, 20th September, with matinee performances every Saturday at 2.30pm (excluding Saturday 23rd August), and evening performances Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm.
Tickets range in price from €25 – €35 and can be purchased online or by contacting the Box Office on 01 8744045.
Tel: 01 874 4045
All photographs courtesy of the Gate Theatre; Lead image © Pat Redmond, images from rehearsal © Matthew Thompson