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I Love You Because - Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting I Love You Because, a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, at Bridewell Theatre – from September 16 to September 20, 2014.

Sedos’ take on this contemporary musical written by Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman is described as an upbeat and exciting new production inspired by the American sitcoms Friends, Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother.

Set in New York City, I Love You Because is the story of a group of twenty-somethings who spend their entire waking existence talking about their own mundane lives.

A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.

Revealing more about the show’s origins, Cunningham and Salzman said: “We began work on updating the piece and changing the genders, and inserting our own experiences until I Love You Because took on a life and a story of its own.

“However, what remains of Pride and Prejudice is what attracted us to the story in the first place; the notion that in order to find love you must move past your preconceived notions of what love is going to be for you and embrace all of its surprises, both good and bad. Because it’s easy to say, ‘I love you anyway’, but hard and all the more rewarding to say, ‘I love you because’.”

I Love You Because is directed by Robert J. Stanex, who said: “I have always loved the brilliance of America’s best sitcoms. What’s so wonderful about this 6-hander is that it still has the one-liners, eccentric characters and domestic quirkiness of a TV comedy but with songs – great songs. Plus, it’s the perfect date musical.”

Warning: I Love You Because contains strong language, adult themes and, if you’re lucky, a cheeky flash of side bum!

Tickets: £16 (£13.50 concession); Premium seats: £18 (£15.50 concession); Buy 10 tickets and get a 10% discount. To book, visit

Times: 7.30pm, with Saturday matinée at 2.30pm.