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Pride, Prejudice & Laughs

Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is one of the most famous stories in the English canon, but you’ve never seen it done like this before.

The best parodies always have affection for their source material. One thinks of ‘The 39 Steps’, which hilariously transferred John Buchan’s original novel – and Hitchcock film that followed – to stage. It didn’t mock the originals; it revelled in them. That production won an Olivier for Best Comedy, an award that ‘Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of)’ has also scooped. A huge hit in the West End, this adaptation of Jane Austen’s most famous novel – which features pop classics such as ‘You’re So Vain’ and ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ – is an audacious retelling of the story. Find out why it’s nabbed a whole bunch of five-star reviews when it heads our way. RM

Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of), Monday 23-Saturday 28 January, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 7.30pm (mats Thurs 2pm & Sat 2.30pm), from £15. theatreroyal.co.uk