pride cast

Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

Malvern Theatres


According to numerology, the number five symbolizes freedom, curiosity and change and that is exactly what these five fabulous females achieved on stage at Malvern Theatres this week, in an unruly Wagon Wheel munching way, retelling the classic Jane ‘Austbin’ turbulent love story of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Who better to tell the tale of Pride and Prejudice (sort of), than the unnoticed Dr Martin boot-wearing servants in the background at Longbourn, witness to the entire racy goings on? After all who orchestrates the dry run on Willy the horse, keeps the bedding clean and the Ferrero Rocher tower topped up?

Dannie Harris is absolutely smouldering as Mr Darcey and performs lightning speed changes between Quality Street inhaling Mrs Bennet and back seamlessly to win over Emmy Stonelake as brash and defiant Elizabeth Bennet. Lucy Gray wittingly shifts from Charles Bingley to his sister Caroline and Megan Louise Wilson as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, beautiful lovesick Jane and Mr George Wickham, who elopes with youngest sister Lydia Bennet, Leah Jamieson, who also plays Mary.

These talented individuals have perfect comedy timing, playing all the parts from Bennets to Wickhams to Darceys but keeping faithful to the original storyline with a splash of Irn Bru, foul language and a smattering of unrefined finger food to keep the party going and don’t forget the karaoke classics, ‘You’re So Vain’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘Every Day I Write the Book’.

“Oh, young hearts run free, never be hung up, hung up like my man and me.” I promise, no zombies were involved in the making of this production.

All you need is microphones and marigolds this week at Malvern Theatres for Isobel McArthur’s Pride and Prejudice (sort of) until Saturday June 3rd, with tickets costing from £23.50 up to £44.50. Olivier Awards 2022 Best Comedy is a no brainer. You need this hysterical rom-com in your life. For more information visit or call the box office on 01684 892277.

Emma Trimble


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