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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

Get To Know The Show – A Teacher's Guide

Suitable For Students

Grade 7 and up.
Interested in: The Arts, English, Social Sciences and Humanities, Language, Social Studies.

Show Style / Genre

Play with music
Comedy
Based on a novel

Venue, Dates & Times

CAA Theatre
Tuesday - Saturday: 7:30PM
Wednesday: 1:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: 2PM

$26 School Group pricing available for select showtimes and seating!
Restrictions and blackout dates apply.

Running Time

2 hours 25 mins (including intermission)

Content Advisory For Students

Loud noises, use of a gun, gunshot sounds, use of strong language. Recommended for ages 12+.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
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About the Show

Direct from its triumph in the West End where it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Award, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this irreverent but affectionate adaptation where the stakes couldn’t be higher when it comes to romance.

Isobel McArthur’s audacious re-imagining of Jane Austen’s iconic novel has been described as “completely faithful to the book but also a raucously irreverent romp” (Daily Mail) and “a mischievous, joyous new take on the novel” (Financial Times).

It’s the perfect production to show your students how exciting theatre can be and how an iconic novel such as Pride and Prejudice can be re-invented whilst remaining true to the spirit of the original...and be lots and lots of fun!

PREP YOUR COURSE TO THE THEATRE - Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) 101

Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) first premiered at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland in Summer 2018. A UK Tour followed, beginning in September 2019, but was forced to close in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the mandated closure of theatres.

The play transferred to London’s West End in Fall 2021, officially opening on November 2nd at the Criterion Theatre. The production received three 2022 Oliver Award Nominations, winning Best Entertainment or Comedy Play.

A second UK Tour began in Fall 2022. The production comes to the CAA Theatre in Toronto (Direct from the West End) for a limited engagement, December 14, 2023 to January 7, 2024!

Originally a private residence, built in 1911, its site has since been the home of motion picture cinemas (beginning with “The Victory”, in 1919) and live theatres (starting in 1993, when it was renovated and renamed “The New Yorker Theatre”). It was completely rebuilt in 2005 (only its facade remains) into an intimate 700-seat state-of-the-art live theatre and concert venue. It was purchased by Mirvish Productions in 2008, and renamed on December 1, 2018 as part of a new partnership with CAA.

The CAA Theatre is located at 651 Yonge Street, just south of Bloor, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

More information about directions, parking, accessibility, building facilities and amenities and seating maps is available on the VISIT section of our website.

The Role of the Audience

What is the role of Audience? How does your participation contribute to the experience of the show, for the actors and your fellow audience members? 

Please take time to review Mirvish Guide To Attending The Theatre with your student group prior to your theatre visit. It includes some helpful tips and basic “Dos & Don’ts” to assist you in preparing everyone for what to expect, and what is expected of them.

MORE FUN FACTS ABOUT Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of)

  • Karoake is used as a device throughout the show as a tool to involve as well as entertain the audience, featuring songs like “Everyday I Write the Book”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, and “I Got You Babe” (to name a few).
  • While the play is an adaption of Austen’s novel, Pride & Prejudice, no prior knowledge of the book is required. According to playwright Isobel McArthur, “You don’t need to know a thing about the classic book, and frankly you don’t even need to like it”. However, she wants fans of the book to know “it has been reimagined with the care and respect that it deserves”.
  • Co-Director, Simon Harvey, had never read anything by Jane Austen prior to working on the show.
  • Each scene of the show happens in a different home. Designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita uses food, drinks and nibbles as one fun way to differentiate between them. Can you spot the differences?
  • Costumes for the five actresses are colour-coded, to help make the character and costume changes easier to track.
  • The Creative Team includes Jos Houben, who was responsible for Comedy Staging – specifically, the physical comedy in the show.
  • Jane Austen’s novel, Pride & Prejudice, was first published on 18 January 1813. It is one of the most popular novels in English Literature, with over 20 million copies sold worldwide, and inspired many different adaptations in film, television, books and theatre.

Additional resources are available to help you build a bridge between your experience of the show and your own classroom. Visit the Resources page to explore what is available for Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of).

Looking to build more into your field trip? A variety of enrichment experiences are available to choose from, including Q&As, guided historic theatre tours, workshops and performance group opportunities. Contact our Education Manager at educationandevents@mirvish.com to learn more. Subject to availability; additional costs and restrictions apply.

Our team of Audience Services Representatives is ready to book your student group order!

By Phone: 1.800.461.3333

In Person:
322 King Street West, Suite 325
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5V 1J2

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