When: 9th – 20th July 2013, 8.00pm (and 2.30pm on Saturday 13th July)
Where: Trinity College Gardens, Oxford
£: £15 and £12 (£12 and £9 for the matinée). For tickets visit www.ticketsoxford.com or phone 01865 305305
What is it?
From 9th to 20th July, Oxford’s Trinity College Gardens will be brought to life in the evenings as the Oxford Theatre Guild (OTG) bring Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice, to the stage.
Celebrating 200 years in publication this year, Peter Kenvyn Jones’ adaptation of Britain’s favourite novel loses nothing of the wit, charm and characterisation that has made it such a beguiling story for so many people.
Drawing the audience into the small Hampshire village of Meryton, this summer season of outdoor theatre commences as the lives of the five Bennet sisters and their eccentric mama are thrown into uproar by the arrival of a regiment of soldiers and not one, but two, single men of large fortune. With utterly engaging characters like the abominable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the obsequious Mr Collins and the waspish Caroline Bingley; OTG’s production of Pride and Prejudice will remind Austen fans why they fell in love with the book and provide joyous entertainment to those who aren’t fans yet.
Laurence Goodwin, who takes on the role of the bold heroine Elizabeth Bennet, commented, “I’ve read Pride and Prejudice several times and the role of Lizzie is certainly a lot to take on in terms of audience expectations and amount of time on stage. But it’s a very enjoyable role as an actor because she has an absolute insistence on being independent, which I think really resonates with modern audiences. Being part of a large, friendly, talented cast has made all the difference. Everyone in the show is well cast and I feel as if I have a lot of support from everyone else on stage.”
When asked about the challenge of a character who Austen herself described as ‘as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print’ Goodwin responded, “I love playing Elizabeth and I’m aiming to portray her every bit as feisty as Austen intended her to be. I think it’s her vivacity and her refusal to do what is expected of her unless it’s what will constitute her own happiness, as she puts it, which makes her such a delightful character to read about and to perform.”
More info: www.oxfordtheatreguild.com