Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Baraka Rahmani

A holiday confection filled with classic Jane Austen charm, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a modern sequel about the bookish middle child of the Bennets. The play is set after Lizzy Bennet has married Mr. Darcy and come to live on his grand estate.

Joining them for the holidays are her pregnant elder sister, Jane and Mr. Bingley; her youngest sister, Lydia; and Mary, the often overlooked middle sister.

While Mary starts to dream of a new life beyond her boisterous family, an unexpected visitor at the Darcy household could spell romance.

Kate-Dion-Richard, Matthew-Macdonald-Bain, Carmela Sison
[Kate Dion-Richard, Matthew Macdonald-Bain, Carmela Sison]

Last season, Lauren Gunderson was cited as the most-produced living playwright in the U.S., according to American Theatre. In the same season, her play Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley was ranked as one of the top ten most-produced plays.

Audiences will enjoy this sparkling comic play filled with seasonal joy. Miss Bennet has even been embraced by the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Regarding his programming choice, Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran says, “This piece is frothy, seasonal, delightful, funny, romantic, and nerdy—in the best way. It’s also very smart, with a contemporary feminist sensibility.”

Cast photo Arts Club Theatre

Director Roy Surette adds, “I love that this play pays great respect to Jane Austen, yet has a modern, subversive sensibility. It’s a story about family and finding love—and who doesn’t love that at Christmastime?”

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Dates: November 15 to December 30; Monday to Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, Saturday, 8 pm; Wednesday, 1:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm
Holiday Showtimes: December 24, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm; December 30, 1 pm and 7 pm
(no shows on December 25 and 26)
Venue: Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $29 and up, including tax and fees; available online or via 604.687.1644

Photos by David Cooper.

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