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REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until September 7

The novel this colourful, entertaining and funny production is based on was written in 1813, six years before our theatre opened.

Not only has the book stood the test of time, but it gives an insight into the dating games of the period.

Mrs Bennet’s (Joanna Brookes) views on suitable husbands for her five daughters are solely based upon the size of the suitor’s wallet – views mainly shared by her offspring!

Her long-suffering husband (Howard Saddler) copes with her outbursts with a wicked sense of humour.

George Banks (Mr Darcy) and (Elizabeth) Sophia Capasso leave no stone unturned to show their initial disdain for each other. Meanwhile Chris Hannon, who theatregoers may recognise as having played the pantomime dame for the past decade, has just as much fun playing Mr Collins, with plenty of toe-curling and funny moments.

The Theatre Royal Young Company gave excellent support.

There was never a dull moment, with the plot including twists, turns and a hint of love thrown in.

Robert Wright

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