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Pride and Prejudice - rehearsal images released

Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy and Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet. Photo by Simon Turtle. Artwork Feast Creative.

Casting news

REHEARSAL images have been released of Simon Reade’s stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Simon Reade’s stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which closes Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2016 Summer Season ahead of a major UK Tour in September.

Joining the previously announced Felicity Montagu as Mrs. Bennet are Matthew Kelly as Mr. Bennet, Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet, Benjamin Dilloway as Mr. Darcy and Doña Croll as Lady Catherine De Bourgh.

Matthew Kelly has appeared several times in the West End, as the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar, in Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen 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.

His other most recent theatre credits include The Jew of Malta, Volpone and Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), Toast (Park Theatre/59E59, New York), Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman) and The History Boys (Crucible, Sheffield).

Although he is perhaps still best known for presenting ITV’s You Bet! and Stars in their Eyes, Kelly has also appeared on television in the award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm and Bleak House.

Tafline Steen made her professional debut as Jess in King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre, before reprising her role in the West End and on Broadway.

Benjamin Dilloway has appeared on screen in Kingsman: The Secret Service, New Blood and Silk and on stage in Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep) and King Lear (Almeida Theatre).

Doña Croll is best known for her television roles as Vera Corrigan in Doctors and Pearl McHugh in Family Affairs. Her theatre credits include All My Sons (Birmingham Rep), Heresy of Love (Royal Shakespeare Company) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida Theatre).

The cast also features Hollie Edwin (professional debut) as Jane Bennet, Mari Izzard (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC) as Lydia Bennet, Leigh Quinn (Henry V, RSC) as Mary Bennet/Annabel De Bourgh, Anna Crichlow (professional debut) as Kitty Bennet/Georgiana Darcy, Jordan Mifsúd (The Silver Tassie, National Theatre) as Mr. Bingley, Steven Meo (The Distance, Orange Tree Theatre) as Mr. Collins, Daniel Abbott (Richard II, RSC) as Mr. Wickham, Kirsty Rider (professional debut) as Caroline Bingley, Francesca Bailey (The Good Soul of Szechuan, Bristol Old Vic) as Charlotte Lucas, Charlotte Palmer (Tennison, ITV) as Mrs. Gardiner and Mark Rawlings (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, West End) as Sir William Lucas.

Pride and Prejudice tells the story of the Bennet family and their five unmarried daughters. A family of humble means, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet see the perfect opportunity to improve their social standing when the wealthy Mr. Bingley and his eligible friend Mr. Darcy move to the neighbourhood. But while Bingley takes an immediate liking to their eldest daughter Jane, the dismissive Darcy instantly clashes with the Bennet’s headstrong second daughter, Elizabeth. As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match.

Pride and Prejudice is the third Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production to tour the UK, following their hit productions of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2014/15 and Lord of the Flies in 2015/16.

Pride and Prejudice plays at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from Friday, September 2 to Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The tour, which opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, will then visit Norwich, Cambridge, Salford, Leicester, Woking, Truro, Birmingham and Richmond, with further dates in 2017.

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Image: Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy and Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet. Photo by Simon Turtle. Artwork Feast Creative.