Curve and De Montfort University announce full casting for co-production of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Thu 13 Jun 2024

Curve and De Montfort University (DMU) are pleased to announce the full cast of students bringing a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance, Pride and Prejudice to Curve’s stage this June.

Directed and adapted by Curve’s Associate Director Cara Nolan, this lively retelling of one of English literature’s most well-known tales will run in Curve’s Studio Theatre from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June.

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife…’ 

Mr Darcy does not want a wife and Elizabeth Bennet does not need a husband. But when their paths cross, the greatest reluctant love story of all time begins. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Expect regency romance, rebellion, wit and many a well-penned letter!

The students taking on these iconic characters will be: Renecia Allen as Miss Bingley; Aleeza Ditta as Kitty Bennet; Ella Gibson as Charlotte Lucas and Mrs Reynolds; Tallulah Gibson as Mrs Gardiner; Leianna Grant as Elizabeth Bennet; Ollie Hammond as Mr Wickham; Noah Hopkinson as Mr Bennet; Leia Kelly as Georgiana Darcy and Mrs Hill; Isabel Kendall as Jane Bennet; Julia Koziol as Lady Catherine de Bourgh; Raymond Macdonald-Hulme as Mr Collins; Paddy Murray as Mr Bingley; Melvin Norteye as Mr Gardiner; Lucy Porteus as Lydia Bennet; Jack Richards as Mr Hurst, Denny and Colonel Fitzwilliam; Shadi Shirvani as Mary Bennet; Blanka Holmes as Mrs Hurst; Jacob Ward as Mr Darcy and Danielle Zeelie as Mrs Bennet.


This co-production will feature Set design from Curve’s Head of Stage & Automation, James Dainty, Lighting Design from Rhys Parker; Sound Design from Curve’s Head of Sound & Video, Dave Norton, and Costume Design from Curve’s Head of Wardrobe, Edd Lindley.

Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

“We are thrilled to be working with the team and students at DMU to bring this brand-new retelling of one of Jane Austen’s most loved novels to our stage. Each year the students bring their talent and boundless passion to our co-production, and we cannot wait to see how Cara Nolan and the team will reimagine this classic story.

Here at Curve we recognise the vital importance of providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in professional work contexts. We look forward to seeing the terrific DMU company bring Pemberley on our Studio stage this June.”

Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Drama for DMU, Lyndsey Bakewell said:

“We are delighted to be back at Curve again this year. Our collaboration always provides our students with a unique professional experience that gives them a real glimpse of what it is like to work on a production in a professional venue.

“This year’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a true collaboration between the production team and the students under the careful guidance of their director, Cara Nolan. Our students are being given the opportunity to shape the text, characters, and action through their work as an ensemble. The result is an innovative, vivid retelling of a classic tale that really speaks to those who are performing it while retaining all that made it special in the first place. It is a real opportunity for the students to shine and we can’t wait for the audience to see it.“

Pride and Prejudice plays at Curve from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June, tickets are on-sale now. To find out more and book; visit; call 0116 242 3595 or visit Curve’s Box Office in-person.