‘An English play in an English garden’

Promo for A Midsummer Night's Dream
Promo for A Midsummer Night's Dream

JANE Austen fans can enjoy a special outdoor production of her classic story Pride And Prejudice in the beautiful setting of Stowe Landscape Gardens on June 4.

The production is by the Lincoln-based Chapterhouse Theatre Company and is part of its ‘magical theatre in magical surroundings’ nationwide tour.

Vicky Album will play Elizabeth Bennett in Pirde and Prejudice at Stowe House

Vicky Album will play Elizabeth Bennett in Pirde and Prejudice at Stowe House

The play, by Laura Turner, is based on an adaption of the original 1813 book. Chelsey Cottrill, a spokesman for the theatre firm, which is performing in 100 locations this spring and summer, said: “The company prides itself on fully accessible, traditional, but innovative productions.

“We now enter our twelfth season of productions with a selection of ever-popular Shakespearean plays and adaptations of fine, classic English novels.”

The story of Pride And Prejudice follows Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters in a fictional home in 19th century Hertfordshire.

During the love story, Elizabeth’s mother tries determinedly to pair her off with the detestable Mr Collins – but Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy and things start to develop.

The lead role of Mary Bennet is being played by versatile actress and former Oxford University student Vicky Album (pictured). She is also starring as Miss Elton in Chapterhouse’s production of Emma.

Ms Cottrill said: “Open-air theatre lends itself perfectly to pre-show picnics, creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for any audience.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company whilst indulging in a glass of chilled summer wine and watching a wonderfully traditional evening of entertainment.”

Other Chapterhouse open-air shows in this area include Sleeping Beauty at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes on July 27, Emma at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on August 4 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Woburn Abbey on August 11.

> Pride and Prejudice will be performed at Stowe Landscape Gardens on June 4 at 6pm.

For more details visit www.chapterhouse.org