Theater show featuring a BBC star in Chipping Norton

A solo play about Jane Austen’s brutal character George Wickham will hit the Chipping Norton Theater in October.

Being Mr Wickham is performed by the Original Theater Company and was written by Adrian Lukis and Catherine Curzon, and is directed by Gus Unsworth.

Mr Lukis, who starred in the BBC television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, returns as Mr Wickham after an online production of Being Mr Wickham earlier this year.

Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of Original Theater Company, said: “Guy Unsworth’s production of Adrian and Catherine’s fantastic play was one of the highlights of our recent online season.

“Originally broadcast live from the magnificent Theater Royal in Bury St Edmunds, but without an audience physically with us in the hall, it is a real pleasure to be able to see the show on the road and visit theaters all over the place. the country.”

The show joins Pride and Prejudice’s George Wickham on the eve of his 60th birthday and aims to raise the sheets on exactly what happened thirty years after where the novel left it.

Being Mr. Wickham allows audiences to experience the character’s own version of Austen’s famous literary events.

Adrian Lukis to star in Being Mr Wickham (photo James Findlay)

A major character in Austen’s novel, Mr. Wickham is a charming and well-spoken man, but is he also immoral, a compulsive liar and has a gambling problem. Mr. Wickham has no problem using people to its advantage.

Mr Lukis said: “I am delighted to be reunited with my old friend, George Wickham. After spending years defending his questionable reputation, I look forward to setting the record straight, with the help of the very talented Original Theater Company. ”

Being Mr Wickham is produced by Alastair Whatley and Tom Hackney for Original Theater Company. The creative team also includes designer Libby Watson, sound designer Max Pappenheim and lighting designer Johanna Town.

In business and touring since 2004, the Original Theater Company has toured extensively throughout the UK and since 2020 has produced a number of productions online and has also launched Original Theater Online.

Being Mr Wickham will take the stage on Monday October 4 and Tuesday October 5 and performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The show lasts approximately 60 minutes and is suitable for children ages eight and up.

For more information and to book tickets, you can visit the Theater Chipping Norton website or call the box office on 01608 642350.

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