Stagecraft feels the love
It’s all about love in Stagecraft’s production of Pride and Prejudice at Gryphon Theatre this month.
In a new adaption by co-director Joy Hellyer and Amy Whiterod, the play includes 95 per cent of the original text, with an added picnic, a fencing scene and a few other surprises, codirector Paul Kay says.
‘‘ We have a speeddating evening idea that we’re doing in regency style,’’ he says.
‘‘We’ve added a couple of extra tweaks that people may not have seen in the actual novel but we’ve kept the dialogue.’’
The play emphasises the relationships in Pride and Prejudice, not only Lizzie and Mr Darcy but Jane and Mr Bingley, and the naughtier tale of Lydia and Mr Wickham.
It includes a pop-up set which expands during the play, and period costumes designed by Sue Miller of Mana.
One of the highlights is a ballroom scene choreographed by Mel Heaphy.
Directors Kay and Hellyer have previously directed shows including Jane Eyre, Enron, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Three Musketeers, but prefer 19th century productions, Kay says.
Pride and Prejudice is at Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street until July 13.
Book at iticket.co.nz.
Upper class: Jayne-Grace Ramage plays Elizabeth Bennet and Daniel Watterson Mr Darcy.