Review: Pride and Prejudice at West Wycombe Park

Jack Fairley as Mr Darcy

Phillipa Flynn as Lizzie and Max Attard as Mr Collins

Jenny Jenkins as Miss Bingley

Tania Staite as Jane Bennet

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WEST Wycombe Park was a beautiful back drop to the classic and continually popular story of Pride and Prejudice, performed by a very talented cast of five.

Hundreds of people headed to the National Trust estate on Sunday evening to sit and enjoy a picnic next to the grand house, before Heartbreak Productions performed Jane Austen's story.

There is a slight twist to the tale, as the actors bring the audience members into the show by interspersing etiquette lessons into the play at various points.

Although it seems slightly strange at first, it does add a new dimension to the play and prompts many chuckles from the audience as they teach a female audience member how to walk like a lady.

But have no fear, the main story of Pride and Prejudice is still faithfully told.

The five actors take on a host of characters and all credit to them- they do it extremely well.

They differentiate between their characters with ease, and you are never in doubt who they are playing with a few added props to help.

Jenny Jenkins was simply brilliant in all four roles of Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Reynolds and Caroline Bingley.

She hysterically cried as Mrs Bennet, was catty and spiteful as Miss Bingley and gave a steely stare as Lady Catherine.

Phillipa Flynn and Tania Staite worked extremely well together as Lizzie and Jane, and in their other roles of Kitty and Lydia.

And the two male actors were also very talented- Jack Fairley played Mr Darcy with the pomposity he is well known for, and even took his shirt off to replicate that famous BBC Colin Firth moment in the TV series.

He also played Mr Bennet with good humour.

I was extremely impressed with Max Attard's ability to play such different characters as the hapless Mr Bingley, the roguish Mr Wickham and the awkward and vain Mr Collins.

Pride and Prejudice has very funny moments, and the actors brought this about expertly and had the audience laughing.

It was a beautiful sunny evening, and as I looked across the West Wycombe estate it adds to the sense of being involved in the story and your imagination does not have to work so hard.

I really admire what Heartbreak Productions do and they are a great company to watch and enjoy.

The story of Pride and Prejudice never gets old for me and seeing it again makes me want to return to the novel to enjoy once more.

They are touring across the country until the end of August with Pride and Prejudice.

For more details on the company and their other shows go to www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk.

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3:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

How original. Centuries old, tired out piece of gobaldee goo played at again and again . Why not create something new to talk about. Waste of time all of this !
How original. Centuries old, tired out piece of gobaldee goo played at again and again . Why not create something new to talk about. Waste of time all of this ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: -9

8:20pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Original Blondie says...

It was a brilliant performance. Very well done and extremely funny. Fantastic way to spend a summers evening!
It was a brilliant performance. Very well done and extremely funny. Fantastic way to spend a summers evening! Original Blondie
  • Score: 4

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