NOVEMBER 2019 | Volume 185


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Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Baraka Rahmani, 2018: set design by Ted Roberts; costume design by Amy McDougall; lighting design by Conor Moore; photo by David Cooper

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberleye
by Lauren Gundersen and Margot Melcon
Arts Club Theatre Company
Granville Island Stage
Dec. 5-Jan. 4
From $29 or 604-687-1644

After an enormously popular run last winter, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley—a modern Pride and Prejudice sequel about the bookish middle child of the Bennets—returns to the Granville Island Stage.

The play is set after Lizzy Bennet (Lauren Jackson) has married Mr. Darcy (Chris Walters) and come to live on his grand estate. Joining them for the holidays are her pregnant elder sister, Jane (Leslie Dos Remedios), and Mr. Bingley (Tim Carlson); her youngest sister, Lydia (Amanda Testini); and Mary (Kate Dion-Richard), the often-overlooked middle sister. While Mary starts to dream of a new life beyond her boisterous family, an unexpected visitor (Matthew MacDonald-Bain) at the Darcy household could spell romance.

The prolific and beloved Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced living playwright in the U.S., according to American Theatre magazine. Her play Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley was one of the top ten most-staged plays in 2017, and has even been embraced by the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Audiences will revel in this sparkling comic play that is full of seasonal felicity and pays tribute to its inspiration. In true Austen fashion, it is a story about family and finding love—but with a modern, subversive sensibility. 

On this programming choice, Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran said, “I adore the wit, heart, romance, and comic sensibilities in Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s play. And, just like Jane Austen’s original work, there is a ribbon of feminism woven through this tale of love and partnership that I adore.”

“The script is clever, self-aware, contemporary, and, finally, heartwarming. In the hands of the right team, as it is here, it’s magic.” —Vancouver Sun

Tim Carlson (Charles Bingley), Kate Dion-Richard (Mary Bennet), Leslie Dos Remedios (Jane Bingley), Lauren Jackson (Elizabeth Darcy), Matthew MacDonald-Bain (Arthur de Bourgh), Carmela Sison (Anne de Bourgh), Amanda Testini (Lydia Wickham), Chris Walters (Fitzwilliam Darcy)

Roy Surette (Director), Ted Roberts (Set Designer), Amy McDougall (Costume Designer), Conor Moore (Lighting Designer), Heather Kemski (Composer and Sound Designer), Jennifer Copping (Assistant Director), Jamie Sweeney (Assistant Lighting Designer), Pamela Jakobs (Stage Manager), Ronaye Haynes (Assistant Stage Manager)

December 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020 (Media opening: December 11)

Mon–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat at 2 PM

Holiday showtimes: Mon, Dec 23, at 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM; Tues, Dec 24, at 1 & 6 PM; no shows on Dec 25; Tues, Dec 31, at 7:30 PM; and Wed, Jan 1, at 1:30 & 7:30 PM

The Arts Club, one of the largest not-for-profit theatre companies in the country, is the principal gathering place for the theatrical arts in British Columbia. Comprising three unique venues across Vancouver, the Arts Club welcomes more than a quarter million guests annually, tours provincially and nationally, and engages students and artists alike through educational and professional programs.

Above all, the Arts Club is dedicated to the advancement of local artists telling stories from around the globe and, in particular, those of our region. From this, we believe that culture expands, an understanding of differences is nurtured, and art bursts forth. The Arts Club was founded in 1964 and is currently led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White.




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