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Published date: July 18, 2017
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Young Critics Review: Pride and Prejudice Live

The Lichfield Festival Young Critics are all aged 18 and under.  They attend a number of events at the Lichfield Festival and send us their review within 24 hours.  

Pride and Prejudice Live

The reading of the well-loved novel “Pride and Prejudice” at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday night was a very captivating and engrossing performance.

Beverly Klein was a wonderful stand–in, who held the attention of the audience well. Klein was accompanied by the two instrumentalists, a pianist and violinist, who tied the story together. The narrator was animated and hugely engaging. Whenever the regal Lady Catherine de Burgh spoke, Klein would put on a disgusted, imperious voice and manner, which added humour. The repetition of the short sentences made Lady Catherine seem more controlling, meanwhile enriching her character.

I particularly enjoyed the way the music complemented the story, for example, when Darcy refuses to dance the music accompanying abruptly stops reflecting the shock of Elizabeth and those at the Meryton assembly. In contrast, the “charming Mr. Bingley” was complemented by the violinist, Matthew Trusler, who played in a light, airy and bouncy manner because as a character he was more popular with Hertfordshire society. Later, the pianist, Ashley Wass, played in a march- style in response to the introduction of the new character of Mr. Wickham and the Officers.

Especially entertaining was the proposal scene when Mr. Collins’ short sentences alternated with Elizabeth’s . Each part of the conversation was interrupted by the violin whose notes reflected Elizabeth’s increasing horror. This was one my favourite parts.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this performance and thought it as “remarkably accomplished!”

By Emily Robson

Young Critic