Pride and Prejudice comes to life on stage

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice comes to Mansfield Palace Theatre on Sunday.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is touring a new production of one of literature’s best-loved Regency stories.

It has been specially adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Laura Turner and has a large cast and elegant period costume.

It has song and dance and an original score composed by Chapterhouse’s producer Richard Main.

The audience is taken on a leisurely stroll into Austen’s traditional world of high society, the inimitable Mr Darcy and the Bennett sisters’ quest for love.

While their interfering mother engineers various courtships, sisters Elizabeth and Jane pursue true love.

Amongst misunderstandings, mistakes and miscommunications, the two girls must fight for the men they love until Elizabeth can finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the engimatic Mr Darcy.

After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good wife.

This is Chapterhouse Theatre’s 12th season of touring.

It has become established as one of the most successful and acclaimed touring companies in the country from a first year of performances of Romeo and Juliet at some 30 venues in 2000.

Chapterhouse, based in Lincoln, has been touring two new productions across the length and breadth of the UK since last November.

A spokesman said: “We pride ourselves on producing accessible, traditional, but innovative shows that have entertained thousands of theatregoers throughout Britain.”

Best known for performing enchanting open-air threatre productions during the summer months in the gardens of beautiful country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland, Chapterhouse has enjoyed occasional theatre tours during its 11 years of touring.

As well as Pride and Prejudice, Chapterhouse has been touring the ghostly Dickensian tale of Scrooge.

It promises that its production of Pride and Prejudice will provide a splendid evening of theatre to melt your heart this winter.

The novel was first published in 1813 and deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire.

This most enchanting and romantic novel comes to life at Mansfield Palace Theatre at 7pm on Sunday 6th February.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £40 for families.

There is a special offer for schools where for £8 they can buy ten tickets and get the 11th free.

The box office is on 01623 633133.