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Pride and Prejudice

Date

23rd May 2013

Society

Horncastle Theatre Company

Venue

Lion Theatre Horncastle

Type of Production

play

Director

Ann Wayne

Report

Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

The Director told me all traces of Canadian parlance had been removed from Tom Wood's script and the result was an easy telling of Jane Austen's classic tale which was very well performed by the members of the cast.. Central to the plot were Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters. Chris Hinkins was quietly restrained as Mr Bennet in complete contrast to his exuberant wife, played to great effect by Sheena Liversidge. Their five daughters were charming. Jane and Elizabeth Bennet were played extremely well by Kim Birchall and Adele Simpson and there were equally tellling performances from Samuel Colley as Charles Bingley, Garrath Ellershaw [Mr Darcy] and Dominic Hinkins as Mr Wickham. I enjoyed Chris Liversidge's portrayal as the unctuous Mr Collins and Jane Pow's as the imperious Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The scenes tended to be quite short requiring speedy changes from one venue to another. These were achieved quite smoothly for the set was extremely well designed to accommodate all the requirements. There was a wonderful backcloth of a rustic country scene. The lighting and sound effects were in safe hands and the costumes were delightful. Well done.