Pride & Prejudice
by Bernard J. Taylor. An amateur production by arrangement with Stagescripts Ltd
The story told in Pride And Prejudice of the Bennett family, centred as it is on the relationship between the proud aristocrat Fitzwilliam Darcy and the high-spirited Elizabeth Bennett, is one of the most enduringly popular novels of all time and has had a far-reaching influence on all romantic fiction right up to the present day.
Jane Austen described Elizabeth Bennett as "quite the most delightful creature as ever appeared in print". Tens of millions agree, and it is the closest the author came to true romantic comedy. The determination of the bright and sparkling Elizabeth to dislike Mr Darcy is matched only by his arrogant pride.
The musical has ten fantastic principal roles for women (most with solos), from the dim Mrs Bennett, to feisty Elizabeth and her four sisters, to the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh and the bitchy Caroline Bingley. For the men, the five principal roles include the complex and challenging part of Mr Darcy, and a classic part for a comic actor in Mr Collins.
Bernard J Taylor's musical follows the plot and characterisation closely enough to suit those who can quote every line of Jane Austen's book, while telling the story plainly enough to entertain the few who don't know it. A show with 32 pieces of music and prominent roles for old and young, that also has plenty of chorus work. It has been staged numerous times with great success for the companies concerned..
Mr Bennett - Lee Farmer
Mrs Bennett - Jenny Holmes
Jane Bennett - Catherine Graham-Evans
Elizabeth Bennett - Carol Robinson
Mary Bennett - Roseanna Coward
Kitty Bennett - Heidi Hodgkinson
Lydia Bennett - Maisie Parker
Mr Darcy - Tom Woolman
Mr Bingley - Jonathan Baron
Caroline Bingley - Kizzy Romer-Lee
Lady Catherine De Bourgh - Denyse Coles
Mr Collins - Paul Marsh
Mrs Collins - Helena Nock
Mr Wickham - Glyn Juliff
Housekeeper - Tracey Fryer
Isabella - Nikki Harsent-Noke
"Pride And Prejudice boasts a plethora of glorious melodies. Taylor has captured the mood of Jane Austen's book and the period in which it is set.
The ravishing ballads that are Taylor's trademark