Production of Pride and Prejudice at Holmfirth Civic Hall
Jul 30 2010 by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
IT proved popular when it hit our TV screens and now it’s coming to a stage near you.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is set for production in Holmfirth this autumn.
And it’s the first time it’s been staged in the town.
It’s part of the Turn Again Theatre productions and they’re never one to walk away from a challenge.
Rehearsals are already underway for the October production to be performed at Holmfirth Civic Hall.
Lisa Kendall, who plays Elizabeth Bennet in the forthcoming production, said: “The classics are so popular and yet they are seldom performed by amateur societies.
“Pride and Prejudice is a favourite among our members, so it seemed a natural choice.”
Turn Again Theatre is known to choose plays which other theatre groups consider challenging and difficult to stage, although it can’t promise Mr Darcy walking out of the lake – a scene which made Pride and Prejudice the hit it’s become since the mid-90s.
The group’s 2009 productions of Misery and Animal Farm were both highly acclaimed successes followed by Bouncers and Shakers, a sell-out production in May.
Group director Linda Williams added: “We will be bringing out the true comedy of the play which Jane Austen so beautifully captured.
“We can’t promise Mr Darcy diving into a lake but we can promise an extremely clever and funny adaptation which remains very true to both the original text and storyline.”
Austen’s classic was first published in 1813 as her second novel, although she is thought to have started writing it in 1796.
The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the landed gentry society of early 19th century England.
Elizabeth is the second eldest of five daughters – Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia – of a country gentleman landed in the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire.
The stage version of Pride and Prejudice also features Georgia Brockway (Lydia), Laura Brockway (Georgiana Darcy), Mel Brockway (Jane) and Tamsin Kendall (Mary).
A film of it starring Keira Knightly was made in 2005 to critical acclaim and, of course, there was the much-popular BBC TV series which made Colin Firth a household name as Mr Darcy in 1995.
Now it’s coming to a stage in town for what Turn Again Theatre says is the first time.
Cast members have already been getting into their roles and turning heads – only last week they visited the Tolson Museum to experience the era Pride and Prejudice was set in.
Kitted out in fabulous costumes – courtesy of B Authentic in Milnsbridge – the cast members looked liked they’d walked straight of the pages of Austen’s most famous novel.
Pride and Prejudice takes place at the Holmfirth Civic from Wednesday to Saturday October 6 to 9 at 7.30pm.
To book tickets ring the Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre on 01484 222444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are £6/£4 if bought in advance or £7/£5 if bought on the door.