Pride of the show: Steve Clancy as Mr Darcy, director Jim Cheesley and Ebony Hope as Elizabeth Bennet.THE Highlands Theatre Group’s next production – Pride And Prejudice — will open next month.
It is an exciting production for director Jim Cheesley who is the playwright for this version of the book.
In 2011 the local Jane Austen Society approached the Highlands Theatre Group to see if they would be interested in re-enacting Pride And Prejudice for the 200-year anniversary in 2013.
While many people will remember the BBC miniseries there is no definitive stage play based on the novel.
With a story which takes place in so many settings — private residences and rooms, towns, parks and country walks — there are inherent difficulties in trying to accommodate the play, with limited space backstage to house a limited number of sets.
“The challenge was to keep as much of the story as it was written as I could,” Cheesley said.
The Highlands Theatre Group is confident that this show will be a popular one.
“There was a huge turnout at auditions which made it a long and arduous process but the result is a very high quality cast,” Cheesley said.
Pride And Prejudice will be on at Mittagong Playhouse, Bowral Road, Mittagong, from April 12 to 27. Tickets are $24 (adults), $20 (concession) and $18 (group bookings 10 people minimum for one performance).
Book online at www.htg.org.au or call 1300 657 559.
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