Cotswolds plays host to romantic classic

By Nigel Slater 08/06 Updated: 08/06 16:54

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Buy photos » Romance will be in the air in the Cotswolds when Pride and Prejudice takes to the stage at Hidcote Manor. (s)

ROMANCE will be in the air in the Cotswolds when a Jane Austin classic is performed in one of the areas most beautiful settings.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice at Hidcote Manor near Chipping Campden next Saturday (June 16) starting at 7.30pm.

Old romantics will be able to spend an evening with the most famous heartbreaker of all time, Mr Darcy, as the classic tale of love in the early

19th Century is brought to life.

The theatre company is enjoying its 13th year of touring open-air theatre at some of the most beautiful country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland and will be performing in more than a hundred venues across the country throughout this summer.

Starring Samantha Hopkins who plays leading character Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of the spirited lady and her four sisters.

Elizabeth and her elder sister Jane must contend with their interfering mother as they pursue their own quest for true love and happiness in the

face of a series of misunderstandings, misconceptions and mistakes.

Constantly questioning society’s expectations, Elizabeth finds she must learn to overcome her own prejudices after she encounters the enigmatic, but seemingly proud, Mr Darcy.

This tale of morals, manners and marriage in early 19th Century society has stood the test of time and resulted in numerous stage and screen adaptations.

A spokesman for Chapterhouse Theatre Company said: "Open-air theatre lends itself perfectly to pre-show picnics creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for any audience.

"The shows present a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company whilst indulging in a glass of chilled summer wine and watching a wonderfully traditional evening of entertainment."

For further information visit www.chapterhouse.org/. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £40 for families (two adults and two children) and are available by calling Hidcote Manor 01386 439801.

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