Review: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, adapted by Joannah Tincey, Two Bit Classics, New Wolsey Theatre until November 2

Husband and wife team Joannah Tincey and Nick Underwood in a new two actor version of Pride and Prej

Husband and wife team Joannah Tincey and Nick Underwood in a new two actor version of Pride and Prejudice - Credit: Archant

Pride and Prejudice is one of the great classic novels, filled with comedy. drama and romance and a vast cast of memorable characters. The idea that this complex, passionate story could be told with just two actors seems ludicrous and yet it works brilliantly.

Husband and wife team Joannah Tincey and Nick Underwood in a new two actor version of Pride and Prej

Husband and wife team Joannah Tincey and Nick Underwood in a new two actor version of Pride and Prejudice - Credit: Archant

Husband and wife team Joannah Tincey and Nick Underwood just sparkle as they lead the audience on a joyous romp through this much-loved Georgian classic.

Not only do Tincey and Underwood transform themselves into all the characters with a subtle shift in body language or the addition of a hat or an unbuttoning of a coat but the beauty of Austen’s language has also been preserved. The characters not only speak their dialogue but provide a commentary on the action, a narration supplied by Austen via the novel.

The abstract set resembles an exploded Georgian country house and provides a perfect backdrop for the fun, fast-paced nature of the show. Tincey and Underwood deliver a galaxy of strong, diverse characters, all of which have a twinkle in their eye and makes for a wonderful night at the theatre. If you can’t see it tonight, catch it at Lowestoft Marina November 3-5, the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion on November 11

Andrew Clarke


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