Pride, Prejudice and Pantaloons…

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

To celebrate the memory of one of the world’s most famous authors why not join the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons theatre company as they exercise their Austen powers in their comic adaptation of the literary masterpiece Pride and Prejudice as it tours the UK in spring 2017?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life…

Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please?

The Pantaloons are known for their anarchic retellings of classic works of literature having previously put a hilarious spin on Bleak House, Sherlock Holmes, The Canterbury Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales, A Christmas Carol and many of Shakespeare’s plays.

“We are known for being somewhat silly,” says writer and director Mark Hayward. “But with our Pride and Prejudice we stay respectful to the things that people love about the book in the first place. This production gives Austen fans what they are looking for in a staging – the romance, the scandals – whilst at the same time providing a great introduction to those who are new to the story and also interweaving the elements that make a show intrinsically Pantaloony.”

So what are the elements that make a Pantaloons show unique? “Live music, audience interaction, physical performances, and a large dollop of humour,” says Hayward. “Austen’s original text is full of funny moments; we capitalise on those and add a few of our own.”

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons began life over ten years ago as an open-air theatre company, busking plays for donations in parks and on the streets, where they developed an attention-grabbing, interactive and playful performance style.

“We characterise our work as post-modern folk theatre,” says Hayward. “We take well-loved tales and give them a contemporary twist, making them accessible for new audiences and showing seasoned fans something that they perhaps had not seen in them before.”

The Pantaloons have picked up plenty of loyal followers and a lot of critical acclaim and have quickly become one of the country’s most prolific touring companies – and even they’re not entirely sure how and when that happened.

“We seem to have even slipped under our own radar,” says Hayward.

So grab the whole family and join The Pantaloons for this beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaptation.

Notes for editors:

  • For tour details please visit www.thepantaloons.co.uk/pride-and-prejudice
  • For more information contact Mark Hayward on 07738 269911 or at mark@thepantaloons.co.uk