Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) will tour the UK from 2019 and into 2020.
Adapted by Isobal McArthur from Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) sees an all female cast tell the classic romantic story, with added karaoke.
A synopsis of the show teases:
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 unrivalled literary classic. Let the ruthless match-making begin.
The UK tour will open at the Bristol Old Vic from September 7 to September 28.
It will then travel to Northern Stage 2 October – 12 October 2019), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (15 October – 2 November 2019), The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh (24 January – 15 February 2020), Leeds Playhouse (25 February – 29 February 2020) and Nuffield Southampton Theatres (17 – 28 March 2020).
Speaking about the production, writer and performer Isobel McArthur, said: “I think Jane Austen has a particular genius for identifying The Ridiculous in her fellow human being.
"She quietly highlights the unfairness and absurdity of the world she was living in, all the while skilfully entertaining us with flawed, complex and funny characters who feel so real we’re sure they’re based on our own friends and family members.
“This adaptation sees a cast of servants multi-role-ing to tell the story of Pride and Prejudice and – in the spirit of Austen – has much to say, but never at the expense of spinning a great yarn with gags a-plenty and, of course, karaoke. But to hell with that – audiences don’t need to have even heard of Jane Austen or her novels.
"This show is simply for anyone who enjoys a great night out full of colour, music and laughter. I’d encourage anybody put off by the associated stuffiness or frilly corsetry of the Austen legacy to give this a go – and I’d tell those who love Austen not to worry because we do, too. This is a deeply affectionate re-telling of her brilliant, enduring story.”