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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”
As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match.
Following sell-out performances at Regent’s Park Theatre, producers of the recent smash-hits To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies, Pride and Prejudice features the Olivier award-winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men) and Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Durrells) as Mr and Mrs Bennet. Celebrating the legacy of Jane Austen as we approach her bicentennial, this is Austen “still dazzling after 200 years” (Observer).
2hrs 30mins (including a 20 minute interval)
“The magnificent Felicity Montagu rules the stage as an anxiously energised Mrs Bennet” The Times
★★★★ ”A perfect Pride and Prejudice: skittish, comical, easy on the eye and moving” Daily Mail
★★★★ ”Deborah Bruce’s charming production blows fresh air into Austen’s wonderful comedy” Mail on Sunday
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Matthew Kelly as Mr Bennet. Matthew trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, going on to work in repertory and major regional theatres across the country. He has appeared several times in the West End, as the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar - a role he had created at the Liverpool Everyman, in Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellan and Roger Rees, Tim Firth’s play Sign of the Times, the musical Lend Me A Tenor! and as Lennie in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men at the Savoy Theatre where his performance won him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. Matthew’s television work includes: the award winning thriller Cold Blood; Benidorm; Bleak House; Egypt: The Pharaoh and the Showman and The Temple of the Sands; MI High; Moving On; Marple; Casualty; Heartbeat; My Family at War and the documentary series Forensic Casebook - although he is probably best known for presenting You Bet! and Stars in their Eyes.
Felicity Montagu will play Mrs. Bennet. Perhaps best known for playing the long-suffering PA Lynn in I’m Alan Partridge, a role she played in both the TV series and the 2013 film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Felicity was most recently seen playing Mrs Mainwaring in the 2016 film remake of Dad’s Army. Other notable roles include Perpetua in Bridget Jones's Diary, Caroline Bosman in ITV’s Doc Martin and Sue 2 in BBC’s Nighty Night. Other film credits include I Want Candy and Confetti, and other television credits include The Durrells (ITV), Mapp and Lucia (BBC), and three series of Hank Zipzer (CBBC). On stage, Felicity has starred in Quartermaine’s Terms alongside Rowan Atkinson (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Shaughraun (National Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre).
The cast will also feature Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet and Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy. Tafline made her professional debut in King Charles III at the Almeida before reprising her role in the West End and on Broadway, and Ben recently appeared in King Lear at the Almeida Theatre London.
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80 Minutes 20 Interval 55 Minutes
Running times are approximate and subject to change