PRIDE & PREJUDICE CHARACTERS

 A cast of 8-20 actors will play the following roles

AN ENSEMBLE of dancers, servants & party-goers

 

MRS. BENNET: The Matriarch of the Bennet family. Mostly a silly woman, of mean understanding and variable temper. Hypochondriac; when she’s upset, she fancies that she’s dying. The business of her life is to get her daughters married. She traumatizes her family with some regularity.

 

JANE: Late 20’s – Early 30s. The eldest and most beautiful Bennet daughter. Kind, idealistic, diffident. Always tries to do the right thing.

 

LIZZY: A year or two younger than Jane. Clever, spirited; can be sharp-tongued. Gets flustered, which makes her klutzy. Prides herself on good judgment. Very very scared of marriage, after absorbing the lessons of her parents’ marriage.

 

MARY: The third Bennet girl. Violent and dark undertones; prone to pedanticism and sulking. A dark goth Bronte character trapped in an Austen world. Coughs to get attention, or to make a point; may fancy that she is dying.

 

LYDIA: Late Teens. The youngest Bennet. Lively, prone to imitating others’ behavior and eavesdropping.

 

LADY CATHERINE DE BOURGH:: Patrician Caesar-meets-drill sergeant.

 

MISS DE BOURGH: Lady Catherine’s daughter; a gremlin. Probably allergic to the sun. Underneath all her veils, she may be covered in scales.

 

CHARLOTTE LUCAS: Same age as Lizzy. A practical girl with a good sense of humor.

 

MR. BENNET: The patriarch of the Bennet family. Finds amusement in absurdity; often looks for respectable escape from the chaos of his family life. Can be somewhat apathetic; probably a bit depressed, under everything. Enjoys antagonizing. Disappointed in marriage.

 

MR. DARCY: Male. Late 30s-40s. One of the richest men in England. Too proper for his own good; awkward in most social contexts. Prides himself on self-control and good judgment.

 

MR. BINGLEY: Late 30s-40s. Loves the world and the world loves him. Mr. Darcy’s particular friend. Almost literally a dog.

 

MR. COLLINS: A pedantic, obtuse man. The original mansplainer. Rector to Lady Catherine.

 

WICKHAM: An unfairly handsome and charming gentleman. Probably a sociopath. Raised with Darcy.