After Austen, it’s almost Pride and Prejudice

THE first show of the Bristol Old Vic autumn 2019 season is Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), on stage from Saturday 7th to Saturday 28th Septem­ber.

A collaboration between the Old Vic, Birmingham Reper­tory Theatre, Leeds Play­house, Northern Stage, Nuf­field Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse, this all-female version is written by Isobel McArthur “after Jane Austen.”

Playing multiple characters in this rip-roaring and irreverent adaptation are Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Isobel McArthur and Meghan Tyler,  joined by Felixe Forde, making her professional debut.

This unique Blood of the Young adaptation draws on more than 200 years of romantic pop history as it takes on the beloved novel. 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 play opened at Glas­gow’s Tron Theatre to overwhelming audience acclaim in Summer 2018, the production  tours UK venues during Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, starting at  Bristol. It returns south to Southamp­ton’s Nuffield Theatres from 17th to 28th March 2020.

Visit the Old Vic website, www.bristololdvic.org.uk, for more information.