Since Pride and Prejudice (*Sort Of) was first performed at Bristol Old Vic in 2019, it has been staged in London’s West End, received mulitple five star reviews and won an Olivier Award for best comedy.
We can see why. This contemporary twist on Jane Austen’s classic tale is an hilarious song and dance extravangaza.
The story has lots of what you would expect from a staging of the author’s Georgian novel with another retelling of Mrs Bennett attempting to marry off her five daughters.
But what is different about this production is that the language is modern and at key moments in the story, the women grab a mic and belt out hits appropriate to the action such as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, You’re So Vain, I Got You Babe, and Holding Out for a Hero.
All the roles are performed brilliantly by five actresses. With a quick change of costume, the women expertly switch between playing servants, the Bennett daughters, Mr Darcy, Lady Catherine de Burgh (she is introduced with a rendition of Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh 😂), Charles Bingley and more.
Pride and Prejudice (*Sort Of) features other funny anachronisms too with things like Wagon Wheels and a karoke machine making an appearance.
There are loads of proper belly laugh moments in a show which maintains the regency traditions millions love but brings it right up to date with music and comedy.
We are very happy to add another five star review to the list that the show deservedly enjoys.
Pride and Prejudice (*Sort Of) is at Bristol Old Vic until Saturday 20 May.
All images by Mihaela Bodlovic.