With rehearsals starting very soon for our exciting new production of Pride and Prejudice, we’re very pleased to announce who will be joining the cast ahead of its opening on Friday 15 September.
Leading the cast as Elizabeth is Bethan Mary-James, who you may recognise from our production of The Revenger’s Tragedy in November 2016. Bethan has also had roles in All My Sons at the Royal Exchange and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl at the National Theatre.
Matt Whitchurch will play Mr Darcy. Matt’s previous theatre credits include A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Liverpool Everyman); We Know Where You Live (Finborough Theatre); Labyrinth; Pine (Hampstead Theatre). Matt has also appeared in acclaimed BBC drama Call the Midwife, aswell as BBC Three comedy series Some Girls.
The role of Mrs Bennet will be played by Kerry Peers, whose extensive list of television and theatre credits includes the regular roles of Suzi Croft in The Bill and Helen Carey in Brookside; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Theatre Clwyd); Billy Liar (Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Olivia Onyehara returns to Nottingham Playhouse in the role of Lydia Bennet, having previously appeared on our stage as Joan in Fiona Buffini’s 2014 production of Time and the Conways. Her previous theatre credits also include Private Lives (Mercury, Colchester), The Watchers (Southwark Playhouse) and Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre).
Appearing as the remaining three Bennet sisters are Rachel Partington (The Two Gentleman of Verona, Redgrave Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, Talisman Theatre) as Mary, Rebecca D’Souza (Inside Out of Mind, Lakeside Arts and National Tour; The Memory of Water, The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham) as Jane, and in the role of Kitty is Alice Haig who has previously performed in As You Like It at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Tis Pity She’s A Whore at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Globe Theatre.
The cast is completed by Alex Sawyer as Wickham (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Old Vic), Matthew Romain as Mr Bingley (The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse) and Adrian Irvine as Mr Bennet, whose previous credits include a production of Hamlet at Bristol Old Vic.
In a brand new comic adaptation by accomplished stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe with an original score from Emmy the Great and directed by Susannah Tresilian (Director of Posh in 2015), prepare yourself for a playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful take on this brilliant novel.