February 1 - June 8

WRITTEN by Jane Austen, adapted by Emma Whipday

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

Surrounded by four sisters, a dithering but determined matchmaking mother, and a beloved, long-suffering father, Elizabeth Bennet is one of literature’s most cherished heroines. In her iconic journey toward love, she learns the pitfalls of hasty judgment and discovers the difference between superficial and genuine goodness. The sharp wit and irresistible romance of Jane Austen’s masterwork has won generations of fans—now see it come to life on stage in a lively new adaptation by ASC veteran playwright Emma Whipday!

This show will be ensemble-directed as an ASC Artists’ Renaissance production.

ASC is thrilled to partner with musical group Spare Parts for all in-show music in this production (excluding pre-show and intermission setlists). Check out the Digital Program for more info.

“The ASC has opened 2024 with a truly delightful production of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. As directed by the ensemble itself, the show has all the wit, character, and measured stratagems fans of Austen know and love..Pride and Prejudice is a perfect evening out: a merry-go-round of flirtations, intrigues, imperious dowagers, edgy bachelors, ditzes, and know-it-alls, with an ending that is as improbable as it is inevitable. Emma Whipday’s stage adaptation is spot-on, as is the show itself.”

– Andrew Walker White, DC Theater Arts

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Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

Age requirement: 7 and up (read full policies here)

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Stuff That Happens
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters—Jane, Elizabeth (aka Lizzie), Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—and Mrs. Bennet is frantic to see them all married well.
  • The neighborhood of Meryton buzzes with excitement as wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley arrives, catching the eye of Mrs. Bennet.
    Bingley is clearly besotted with Jane Bennet immediately but his haughty companions, his sister Caroline and the reserved Mr. Darcy, disapprove of the attachment and contrive to separate them.
  • Lizzie instantly dislikes Darcy’s seeming arrogance, while he is secretly enchanted by her wit.
  • The militia arrives in Meryton bringing with it the handsome Mr. Wickham, who relates his fraught history with Mr. Darcy to Lizzie.
  • Mr. Bennet’s cousin, Mr. Collins, a bumbling, obsequious vicar, visits the family and offers Lizzie his hand in marriage. She politely but firmly refuses, causing an uproar in the Bennet home.
  • To Mrs. Bennet’s horror, Mr. Collins immediately proposes to Lizzie’s best friend, Charlotte Lucas, and she accepts. Charlotte begs Lizzie to visit her after the wedding, which she does.
  • While visiting Charlotte, Mr. Darcy passionately proposes to Lizzie. During the heated exchange, he manages to upset her thoroughly enough to cause her to say he is “the last man on earth whom I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.”
  • Lizzie decides to tour the countryside with her aunt, thinking it will rid her whirling thoughts of Darcy from her mind. However, her plans go awry when their trip takes her directly to Mr. Darcy’s doorstep at his massive estate called Pemberley.
  • Darcy happens upon Lizzie and her aunt while they tour his home. His demeanor is entirely different, causing Lizzie to reevaluate her assessment of his true nature and her own feelings.
  • Scandal, revelations, and “the deepest love” ensue…