Pride and Prejudice performance at Blickling Hall

Graham Hill as Mr Darcy.

Graham Hill as Mr Darcy. - Credit: Archant

A literary classic which was written 200 years ago will be brought to life at an iconic landmark this weekend.

The Bennet girls in the outdoor performance of Pride and Prejudice.

The Bennet girls in the outdoor performance of Pride and Prejudice. - Credit: Archant

An outdoor performance of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will be held at Blickling Hall on Saturday, August 17 at 6.30pm.

It will be performed by the Lincoln-based Chapterhouse Theatre Company and will follow the story of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, as well as her four sisters.

Producer Richard Main said: 'Blickling Hall is absolutely gorgeous. We have been going there on and off for years and it is beautiful.

'It is going to be a lovely, warm production with traditional costumes and music.'

He added: 'The book is a lot funnier than it has been portrayed in films. There is a wit and a warmth and, like Dickens and Shakespeare, it has purveyed through the generations.'

Mr Main said the book was popular because of the strong female characters.

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The two main characters are played by Graham Hill and Jennifer Jordan.

Other actors in the professional cast, who will play multiple roles, are Dominic Blakey, Lawrence Everett, Katy Helps, Emelye O'Dwyer, Alexandra Hardman and Anita Gollschewsky.

The performance has been directed by Rebecca Gadsby.

Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813 and deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th century England.

To date the book has sold approximately 20m copies worldwide.

It has also been the subject of many film and television adaptations.

One of the most popular of these was the BBC's television series in 1995 with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, who created one of television's most iconic scenes when he came out of the lake at Pemberley.

Tickets cost £13.50 for adults, £9 for children or £40 for a family of two adults and two children.

Audience members must bring seating and can bring a picnic.

Call 0844 2491895 to book.