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Pride and Prejudice, a play: by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Janet Munsil Paperback – Sept. 8 2016
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New, revised edition for 2016. Janet Munsil's witty, romantic, and ingenious adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy is remarkable for capturing the tone and compressing the complexity of the story into a fast-paced, funny, and fiercely romantic two hours on stage. Sold-out and held-over in numerous large professional theatres, including Canada's National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, and The Arts Club Stanley Theatre, this adaptation is also extremely popular with schools and community theatres for its clarity, comedy, and large number of great acting roles - especially for women. “Worth ovations - a sell-out hit.” Calgary Sun “Remarkable . . . a fine and faithful adaptation Austen’s novel captures the tone and compresses the complexity of the story.” - Burnaby Now “Delightful…breathes life into the novel, transforming Austen’s wry, verbal humour into lightness and gaiety, while not overlooking the novel’s darker themes.” - Vancouver Courier “Vivid, eloquent, and very funny.” - Ottawa Citizen “Simple, crisp elegance - downright brilliantly conceived.” - Brokenleg Review “Funny, fierce, and romantic. Undeniably engaging.” - Calgary Herald "Blazingly fast and funny . . . (Austen) purists may breathe easy. Perfectly accessible to romance fans, and those who can tolerate a little romance with their comedy." - Apt613.ca
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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Janet Munsil’s plays have been produced internationally, by such theatres as Canada’s National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Tarragon, Soho Theatre + Writer’s Centre (London), Citizen’s (Glasgow), Prague Fringe, Belltable Arts Centre (Ireland), the West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds), The Arts Club Stanley Theatre (Vancouver) and others. Her play That Elusive Spark was a Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards, and is available from Playwrights Canada Press. Other plays include The Ugly Duchess, Emphysema (a love story) / Smoking with Lulu (UK title), Be Still, Influence, Circus Fire, Sideshow, I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key, Why I Fish, and Act of Faith. She has been awarded playwriting residencies and fellowships at the Banff Centre, Stratford Festival, Caetani Cultural Centre and Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. This adaptation of Pride & Prejudice was co-commissioned and first produced by Theatre Calgary and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa). For more information, visit janetmunsil.com
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (Sept. 8 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 126 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1537569732
- ISBN-13 : 978-1537569734
- Item weight : 132 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.69 x 20.29 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #746,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #140 in Comedic Dramas & Plays
- #3,121 in Theatre in Performing Arts
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4.3 out of 5
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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on February 15, 2017
Janet Munsil's adaptation of this venerable classic is by far the best I (as a Director) could find. It incorporates the lighthearted aspects of Austen's style and story while keeping the gravitas of "finding a moneyed mate". All the memorable quotes are here, wound into the text in a skilful way that moves the plot and the action forward. With deft strokes of the pen, Munsil delineates the main and lesser characters in such a way that the audience is engaged and entranced. We are using a minimalist set which allows scenes to be in, or out of doors according to a tight script. In the end, though, it is the intelligible, authentic language which Munsil has put into the mouths of the actors that is a perfect reflection of the great J.A. herself.
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I love it! I didn't think I was going to ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 29, 2017
I love it! I didn't think I was going to find an adaptation as good as this. I was so relieved when I started to read it. It's clear, it's funny and it has pace. Brilliant for casting lots female actresses. The young group I am working with have fallen into with great ease and love it! The pace of the production is helped by it not being fussy, you're either indoors or out. It really is delightful.
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Bringing Jane to LifeReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 20, 2017
I have read several adaptations of Pride and Prejudice for the stage but this one was by far my favorite ! It included all the necessary characters while whittling it down to only the essential males (always a scarce commodity in community theatre). I loved that Ms. Munsil preserved the characterization and language while combining some material to make the flow better. The settings are also better in my opinion because many of them take place in a park or a green which is easier on the budget that the recreation of four English manor houses. Overall I was very pleased with this rendition and believe it will play well.
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Buford C. Hall
Nice version of the playReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 1, 2021
Nicely printed but a little more background: character descriptions, and so forth, would've been nice. Even though that is easily available on line.
Fantastic play!Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 25, 2022
We just wrapped our production of this show, and it was a big hit. The play is beautifully written and we had several comments from audience members about how they loved this adaptation. Ms. Munsil is a talented woman, and we were lucky to have found her work.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 25, 2022
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