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pridean19.jpg Pride. Prejudice. Sort of.

Love struck pop hits AND regency-era matching making? Get set for Jane Austen as you’ve never seen, or heard, her before.

I’ve seen many an adaptation of Jane Austen but nothing quite as exuberant as Isobel McArthur’s take on ‘Pride and Prejudice’. In it six women have a story to tell. You might have seen them, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate; the overlooked and the undervalued making sure those above stairs find their happy ending. Of course, they’ve always been running the show – after all ‘you can’t have a whirlwind romance without clean bedding’ – but tonight, the servants are also playing every part. This all-female version of the classic tale ropes in over two hundred years of romantic pop history (think the Bennet sisters stepping up to the mic to belt out the likes of ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘I Got You Babe’) while still staying true to the story. Enormous fun ensues.

Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of), Wednesday 2-Saturday 12 October, Northern Stage, Newcastle, 7.30pm (Thurs 3 6pm, Wed 2, Sat 5, Wed 9 and Sat 12 2pm mats.), from £10. northernstage.co.uk