playwright, director, teacher, instigator
by Jane Austen,
adapted by Janet Munsil
2 hours 15 minutes
11 WOMEN 6 MEN
(some doubling, larger cast possible)
Written to be performed on an open stage
without breaks for scene changes.
New, revised edition for 2016. More than 200 years after the novel first appeared in print, Janet Munsil's witty, romantic, and ingenious adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved tale of the independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet and enigmatic Mr Darcy is remarkable for capturing the tone and compressing the complexity of the story into a fast-paced, funny, and fiercely romantic two hours on stage. Sold-out and held-over in numerous large professional theatres, including Canada's National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, and The Arts Club Stanley Theatre, this adaptation is highly popular with schools and community theatres for its clarity, comedy, and large number of great acting roles - especially for women.
Janet Munsil's sparkling stage adaptation of Jane Austen's classic tale of love, family, and the politics of marriage premiered in 2012 in a co-production between two of Canada's most prestigious companies, Theatre Calgary and Canada's National Arts Centre (Ottawa). Audiences fell head over heels in love with this fresh new version of the iconic romance, which sold out its runs in both cities and attracted ardent admiration from theatre critics.
"Worth ovations - a sell-out hit." CALGARY SUN
Winner - Best Play of 2012 - Calgary Critics Awards
"Vivid, eloquent, and very funny." OTTAWA CITIZEN
"(A) fierce, funny, and romantic adaptation. Undeniably engaging." CALGARY HERALD
"Remarkable . . . a fine and faithful adaptation of Austen’s novel captures the tone and compresses the complexity of the story." BURNABY NOW
"Delightful ... breathes life into the novel, transforming Austen's wry, verbal humour into lightness and gaiety, while not overlooking the novels darker themes." VANCOUVER COURIER
"Simple, crisp elegance - downright brilliantly conceived." BROKENLEG REVIEW
Commissioned and co-produced by Theatre Calgary and Canada's National Arts Centre, Ottawa, 2012.
Professional productions include The Arts Club (Stanley Theatre) 2016, Chemainus Theatre Festival (2017), Persephone Theatre (May, 2018)
Dozens of community and school productions worldwide.
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