Yesterday Amy & I went to the gorgeous Charlecote Park to see Heartbreak Productions’… errr… production of Pride and Prejudice in the open air.
In a word it was Inspiring.
In three words it was Astonishingly Well-Adapted.
This was because five actors supplied all the characters in a narrative which demands that, at some point, every character interacts with every other. Darcy and Mr Bennett were played by the same actor who – in the run of the story – would have to ask himself for his daughter’s hand in marriage. This and every possible clash of characters was cleverly dealt with; indeed, the only occasions where such impracticalities stood out was when good humour was used to smooth it over.
The BBC version of the story is so familiar – probably more so than the book – that many in the audience might have hoped for a re-enactment of the beloved TV version. Gladly, this did not happen. The characters (and caricatures e.g. Mr Collins & Mrs Bennett) were given new expression, thanks to the talents of the actors and, significantly, the relatively unsung brillance of Mr David Kerby Kendall, the writer.