Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Granville Island Stage

Do you like Pride and Prejudice?

Me? A little bit. I read the book once and then watched all the movie versions I encountered plus the movie about Jane Austen. I also loved Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson.

Oh I almost forgot, about eight years ago, I went to Bath to see Jane Austen’s hometown. I went to the Abbey, the Roman Bath, the Royal Crescent, the Assembly Rooms, had a Sally Lunn bun…

Then I went to Jane Austen Centre…

and the Regency Tearoom…

img_6009where I had Colin Firth… er uhm… rather, Mr. Darcy Stem Ginger cookies.img_6008-1That’s all the little I like Pride and Prejudice.

Anyway, while exploring my favorite Vancouver food pantry a.k.a. Granville Island Public Market, I saw the poster of Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage, and got myself one of the last matinee seats for the show’s run.

Jane Austen didn’t actually write this play. Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, the story unfolds two years after Pride and Prejudice ends.

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have settled in as husband and wife. Elizabeth (The Mrs.) tries an unheard of novel German tradition of bringing a live tree inside the home for Christmas.  They discuss their holiday plans for a houseful of visitors; among them, the nerdy middle Bennet sister, Mary, who is bored with her life and thinks she will never find a suitable life partner; the ready-to-pop Jane and her husband, Mr. Bingley, the “miserably happy” younger sister, Lydia. Mr. Darcy’s distant cousin, the awkward, bumbling Arthur de Bourgh is coming, too.  There are twists and turns and moments of suspense tucked in the humor throughout. The actors were all suited to their roles. Jane was played by an Asian actress, I think for diversity.  The cast did a terrific job.  Please click HERE for info on future shows.

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