Mr Darcy and Lizzy Bennet to sizzle on Peel stage

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THE world of Jane Austen will be brought to the Centenary Centre in Peel this month in the Inspiration Theatre Company’s production of Pride and Pejudice.

The renowned tale of the Bennett sisters and Mr Darcy will come to life in the company’s first 2011 production next week – starting on Wednesday.

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it is difficult to escape the subject.

When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr Darcy she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense – but the truth turns out to be more slippy than it seems.

In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

All of the wit and romance of Austen’s classic 1813 novel are included in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation.

It will have you longing for a time when men were genteel and women were ladies!

Directed by Jooles Morrison and John Elliott this joint effort sees some familiar ITC players as well as some new faces.

Elizabeth is played by Kerry Middleton, who starred in Calamity Jane, and Darcy is played by newcomer Andy Quirk.

The Bennet sisters are played by Lauran Thomas (Mary), Jenny Derbyshire (Jane), Abi Newton (Kitty) and Michelle Caine (Lydia).

Matty Rycroft takes on the role of Mr Bingley, Lewis Cassidy, the drummer in Half Way Home, plays Mr Wickham, Hanna Simpson is Miss Bingley, Joe Berry, who won ITC’s Most Promising Performer 2009, becomes Mr Bennet and Mrs Bennet is played by Cathy Lord.

Tickets, costing £8, are on sale now at Celtic Gold in Peel, Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Mostly Manx in Douglas, Thompson Travel in Port Erin, and Shakti Man in Ramsey. Any unsold tickets will be available on the door.

The doors open at 7pm with the show beginning at 7.30pm.

l As soon as the company has finished this show it will begin preparations for its next.

Auditions for Musicality 2 will take place after 1pm on Sunday, April 10, at the Centenary Centre.

All singers and dancers aged eight and over are welcome. They are especially looking for teenagers for the Glee section and strong male vocals for the We Will Rock You section. To get involved contact Jooles on 210222.

For more information visit the Inspiration page at www.centenarycentre.com

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