Pride and Prejudice

by Kate Hamill
adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
directed by Christopher V. Edwards

August 9 – August 25, 2018

A rollicking, witty, and thoroughly entertaining reinvention of the Jane Austen classic

The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from all sides to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? When she meets the standoffish, tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy, they clash initially, but is there something deeper behind their animosity? Literature’s greatest tale of manners, society and love has never felt so theatrical or spirited than it does in this effervescent adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill (Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility).

“The stuff hits are made of...Jane Austen is known for her social insights and occasional satiric impulses. Actress/adapter Kate Hamill has kicked it up a notch in the comedy department, delivering a Pride and Prejudice that is funny and whimsical, but still captures the essence of Austen’s captivating novel.”

- Huffington Post

Pride & Prejudice is presented in collaboration with Actors' Shakespeare Project



Kate Hamill is an actor / playwright. Named Playwright of the Year (2017)—Wall Street Journal. Her plays include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award (Best Revival); 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include VANITY FAIR (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (originated the role of Lizzy; Best Theatre of 2017—WSJ, Huffington Post), IN THE MINES (Sundance Lab semi-finalist), LITTLE WOMEN, EM (Red Bull New Play finalist), and LITTLE FELLOW (O’Neill semi-finalist). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., the Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, PlayMakers Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production—S&S) and others. Upcoming productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center, Jungle Theater, Primary Stages, and more. Kate is currently working on new adaptations of “Little Women,” “Mansfield Park,” and “The Odyssey,” as well as several new original plays—including LOVE POEM and PROSTITUTE PLAY. She was one of 2016’s top 20 most produced playwrights in America; SENSE AND SENSIBILITY was one of the top 10 most produced plays.

Creative Team

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Christopher V. Edwards (Director) is excited to return to Dorset Theatre Festival.  He is the Artistic Director of Actors' Shakespeare Project in Boston, MA. As a director some of his favorite shows include: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Around the World in 80 Days, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Winter’s Tale, Water by the Spoonful, The Bomb-itty of Errors, How to Break, Venus in Fur, and A Raisin in the Sun.  He has worked as an actor and/or director in London’s West End, Off-Broadway, The National Theatre of Oslo in Norway, The Helix in Ireland, The Fringe in Edinburgh, John Houseman’s The Acting Company, HERE Arts Center, The Helix in Ireland, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Penumbra Theatre, The Flea Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, The Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, SOHO Rep, the Guthrie Theatre and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to name a few.  Chris received an M.F.A. from the U. of MN in association with the Guthrie Theatre.

Dates & Times

Thurs. 8/9 7:30 PM (Preview)
Fri. 8/10 7:30 PM (Opening)
Sat. 8/11 7:30 PM
Sun. 8/12 2 PM
Wed. 8/15 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 8/16 7:30 PM (Community Partners Night)
Fri. 8/17 7:30 PM
Sat. 8/18 7:30 PM
Sun. 8/19 2 PM*
Wed. 8/22 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 8/23 7:30 PM
Fri. 8/24 7:30 PM
Sat. 8/25 2 PM & 7:30 PM

*Post-show talk back to follow

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Season Sponsor

Season Support provided by the Rodgers Family Foundation

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