Review: Pride And Prejudice At York Theatre Royal
Lauren Masterman, York Correspondent
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the world of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice is completely absurd and outdated to today's audience, making it a perfect play to have some fun with and adapt into a comedy.
With stand- up comedian and writer Sara Pascoe at the helm and music by Emmy the Great, audiences were promised a 'fresh and funny' take on this much-loved classic.
We are all well rehearsed when it comes to the storyline of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice and Austen super fans will be pleased to hear that the plot is much the same; the Bennet family are somewhat obsessed with finding husbands, all apart from Lizzy who is proud and intelligent and, you won't believe this, but she walks across fields in the mud, which is most un-ladylike.
She meets Mr Darcy who is rude and obnoxious. There is the scandal with the unruly Lydia Bennet and Mr Wickham, who is certainly no gentleman. Mr Darcy saves the day and Lizzy ends up marrying the richest man of them all, who doesn't walk out of a lake in a wet shirt by the way. And they all live happily ever after.
This storyline alone easily lends itself to a comedy, but combine this with an exaggerated version of Mrs Bennet, desperate to marry off her daughters, the brattish Lydia and Kitty, and my personal favourite, Mary and her weird penchant for envelopes, and you have it nailed.
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The multi-layered storylines are an innovative and thoughtful way of introducing new depth and dimension, bringing relevance and comparability to the modern world.
Pride and Prejudice is showing at York Theatre Royal until October 14 2017.
Review: Pride And Prejudice At York Theatre Royal, 10th October 2017, 12:37 PM