Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” One of the single most beloved stories of all time returns to the CSC stage in a fresh new adaptation which critics are calling “delightfully different,” “fizzy and festive,” and “unlike any adaptation of Jane Austen one has seen before.” Sweepingly romantic, with a good dose of the tongue-in-cheek, Pride and Prejudice follows the affaires de cœur of the witty and willful Elizabeth Bennet, as she finds that the path to true love can lead to the most unexpected of places.

This Production has Been Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart, that we announce that all upcoming performances of "Pride and Prejudice” have now been cancelled in response to the order released by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine limiting public gatherings and the public health crisis.

As you can imagine, we are devastated to close our doors for the time being.  We are a community of artists, collaborating on projects onstage and off. As a supporter of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, you are such an important part of our family.  We know that for so many, attending a performance is a chance to escape and the power of live theatre creates a common bond desperately needed in these uncertain times. While nothing can replace these in-person connections, we hope that you take comfort in the fact that we are working tirelessly to create new ways to connect with you as we all move forward together.

In the meantime, your continued support ensures that CSC can continue to create powerful and engaging theatre long after this period of uncertainty. While the show cannot go on, the lives and livelihoods of those who make the art you love must. Please consider donating today so that when this crisis ends – and it will – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will still be right here waiting for you with open arms, ready to hold up a mirror to reflect all the best parts of our shared humanity. To donate, click the button below.

Current Ticket Holders

If you had tickets for Pride and Prejudice, we share your disappointment that we are unable to welcome you to our theater for these productions. We are committed to making it possible for you to visit us in the future. As previously shared, ticket exchanges will be available to you for a future production.  When we know our reopening date, we will reach out to you all individually regarding ticket exchange options.  

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Darnell Pierre Benjamin*

Actor 5 (Mr. Collins/Wickham/Miss Bingley)

Jeremy Dubin*

Actor 7 (Charlotte Lucas/Mr. Bennet)

Courtney Lucien*

Actor 1 ( Jane/Miss de Bourgh)

Sara Mackie*

Actor 8 (Mrs. Bennet)

Miranda McGee*

Actor 3 (Lydia/Lady Catherine)

Caitlin McWethy*

Actor 2 (Lizzy)

Grant Niezgodski*

Actor 4 (Mr. Darcy)

Jude Walker*

Actor 6 (Mr. Bingley/Mary)

  • Sara Clark

    Director

  • Shannon Moore

    Scenic Designer

  • Clara Jean Kelly

    Costume Designer

  • Nina Agelvis

    Lighting Designer

  • Kevin Semancik

    Sound Designer

  • Rachel Perin

    Choreographer

  • Carolyn Fast*

    Stage Manager

  • *Member of Actor's Equity Association

Director's Note by Sara Clark

Kate Hamill started writing plays because she wanted to create new female-centric classics for contemporary audiences and she started with Jane Austen because virtually all the stage adaptations she knew of were written by men. So you’d have a story by this proto-feminist author, constantly being filtered through a male gaze. As any adaptation of a classic should have a point of view (otherwise, what's the point, as an attempt to directly dramatize the source material is always going to feel like it falls short), the dialogue in the play is unapologetically 20% Jane Austen and 80% Kate Hamill. What I personally love about this adaptation is that in retelling a very well-known story in her own voice, Hamill highlights what is often missed by Hollywood treatments of Austen novels: how FUNNY Jane Austen was and how keen her satire of the society in which she lived.

Elizabeth Bennet doesn't laugh off her family's quirks because she doesn't care. She cares deeply. But she recognizes the absurdity of the situation and deflects with humor. This is what she ultimately teaches Mr. Darcy how to do. He in turn teaches her that forbidding herself from feeling vulnerable with another person isn't the key to a happy life; that it may be impossible to know if you've met your perfect match, but that facing the world is just easier when you have someone to laugh at it with you. Essentially, Hamill has taken the original novel and made the comedy, the social commentary, and the romance more in line with our modern sensibility.

Hamill also encourages productions to play with gender-fluid doubling, as old words are given new life when they are spoken by a person of the opposite gender, or perhaps by someone who does not fall on one side of the gender binary. To me, this is perfect for Jane Austen, who is writing about a society in which both men and women were greatly confined by the expectations of their gender. Hamill’s adaptation may be quasi-modern but the challenges her characters face are still true to their own period. Lizzy, Jane, Lydia, Mary, and Charlotte have no agency in the world outside of their ability to land a suitable man, and not only their own survival but that of their family depends on it. In 1813, the notion of a woman elevating her own life, liberty and pursuit of happiness above the wishes of her family and the men who desire her was a revolutionary choice. I'd argue it's still revolutionary.

So are you in for an evening of ladies in beautiful dresses stitching on samplers? Yes. Might that sampler actually say “Smash the Patriarchy”? Also yes. So enjoy! And also think a bit. But mostly, enjoy.

-Sara Clark, Director of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is presented in the round

This is the very first production in the brand new Otto M. Budig Theater to be presented in the round.  This is a form of theatrical staging in which the acting area, which may be raised or at floor level, is completely surrounded by the audience.  Be sure to look for the seating area called the "Stage Gallery" to select seats on the 4th side of the stage.  This production will be unlike anything you have experienced at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company!

Any questions regarding seating, please call the Box Office at 513-381-2273 x. 1 from 12pm-5pm, 7 days a week.

Here is a drawing of the seating layout for this production: