After its traditional summer closure since mid-July, the Kenton Theatre reopens on Saturday night with a special performance of Pride & Prejudice, marking 200 years since the death of Jane Austen.
Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe winner Hayley Mills will read a version of the much-loved story – voted the country’s favourite novel – abridged by bestselling writer Gill Hornby. She will be accompanied by pianist Ashley Wass and violinist Matthew Trusler, playing music from the BBC 1990s version, specially adapted by composer Carl Davis.
Mills was one of the most popular global movie stars of the 1960s with films including The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind and Pollyanna, later starring on stage in The King and I and on television in ITV’s Wild at Heart. Wass is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition and a former Radio 3 New Generation Artist. He has performed at some of the world’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Vienna Konzerthaus. Trusler is in demand as a soloist and recitalist internationally, having played in Europe, the US, Africa, Asia and Australia with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony and Johannesburg Philharmonic.
The performance, which takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday (September 16), is the first of three Jane Austen events at the New Street venue over the coming months, followed by Henley Players’ Sense & Sensibility in October and a talk by BBC historian Lucy Worsley in November.
Ticket are available at kentontheatre.co.uk or on 01491 575698 and in person Monday to Friday 11am-3pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.