A new adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice has been given a new twist, and now it’s coming to Leeds.
Written by Isobel McArthur and directed by Paul Brotherston, the new remounting is going on tour following a critically acclaimed run which first opened at Tron Theatre in the summer of 2018.
Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this all-female adaptation in which each member of the cast will play multiple characters. The cast includes Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Meghan Tyler, Felixe Forde and Isobel McArthur. I haven’t personally seen any of the cast live on stage before but I’m sure this is going to be a fun, feminist retelling of the Austen classic. Whether that kind of version is my cup of tea or not remains to be seen (I very much like fairly classic adaptations with few modern twists).
James Brining, Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse said: “This is a fantastic reimagining of a literary classic, which has created major waves in Scotland. Set to an infectious soundtrack it is a beautiful, unique mix of humour and history. We’re delighted to be sharing this much-loved story of six powerful young women with the audiences of Leeds. The production will play in our Spring 2020 season back in the newly redeveloped Leeds Playhouse and I am thrilled we are co-producing with some brilliant partners as part of the national tour.”
The production will tour to UK venues over Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, coming to the Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th February.