Being Mr Wickham – An insight from Adrian Lukis

Being Mr Wickham – An insight from Adrian Lukis

Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends – whether he may be equally capable of retaining them is less certainJane Austen on Mr Wickham

We are thrilled to welcome the Original Theatre Company to the Connaught Theatre this October with their new production Being Mr Wickham. The production sees’ Adrian Lukis, who starred in the renowned BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, reprise the role of Mr Wickham on the eve of his sixtieth birthday. Join us as he lifts the sheets on what exactly what happened thirty years on from where we left him…

An insight from Adrian Lukis on Being Mr Wickham

I wrote the play when I turned 60 and I thought “oh God” as everything starts groaning, your knees, your feet. I’d had this idea of exploring something to do with Wickham, I’d written another show called An Evening with Jane Austen which was a collection of readings with music but I wanted to take it further and I had this light-bulb moment where I thought “what would George Wickham feel like when he got to 60?”. He was a cad, someone who relies on his looks, his charm and his personality to make his way in the world and he’s played those cards. Where would he have ended up? What happens to rakes when they can’t rake anymore? I discussed it with Catherine Curzon and weirdly she’d been having a similar thought and so we combined forces.’ Adrian Lukis, April 2021

Find out more about this new productions perspective on Mr Wickham from the Original Theatre Company’s team as they return to the rehearsal room in the video below. 

Being Mr Wickham is at the Connaught Theatre on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October 2021. Book tickets now via www.wtm.uk/BeingMrWickham or call the Box Office on 01903 206206. 

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