Watching a play in the magical setting of Regent’s Park has already got a lot going for it. When the production is good, it is an added bonus. The Open Air Theatre has long been associated with the works of William Shakespeare but less so for this season. New theatrical plays are being produced, and the production of Pride and Prejudice is excellent.
Adapted from the book of the same name by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice portrays an era where a young, well-born woman’s sole role in life is to find an eligible husband. The tale is played out in the life of the Bennet household. Mr and Mrs Bennet have, in the hope of producing an heir, produced five daughters. Sadly, this means that should the master of the household die, his estate Longbourne will go to a distant relative. In this case, the preposterous Mr Collins whose patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh is played by Jane Asher. Lizzy Bennet who graduated from LAMDA this summer, and makes her first professional theatre debut plays Lizzy Bennet, the part taken by Keira Knightley in the film of the same name. Although just over two hours long, the play has brilliantly captured all the salient parts of the book.
Very much part of the experience is having a meal/picnic in the grassed area by the bar before the production. The barbeques are particularly good value £8.00 on the day or £6.50 if bought in advance. Our plates were piled high – a lamb burger and bun was accompanied with four different salads. Vegetarians are catered for with a large mushroom stuffed with cheese and for fish eaters, trout. To compliment the occasion, the bar serves Pimms as well as other drinks. Worth noting that there are long queues in the interval for drinks.
Finishes 20 July with The Sound of Music opening 25 July – 7 September, 2013
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