Jane Austen's classic novel is now brilliantly reimagined in a Jukebox musical as Pride and Prejudice*(*sort of) takes up residency at the Criterion Theatre. The beloved romance novel has been updated (sort of), in a hilarious modern twist on the much-loved story. The Bennet's have five unmarried daughters. They are extremely keen to see all of them married to respectable, rich and of course eligible husbands. How hard could it possibly be? in a beautiful twist to the tale, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) follows the young servants of the house who take centre stage as they dress up, joke, and sing their very own version of both the highs and lows of the Bennet girls’ intriguing and tumultuous love lives, as they attempt to weather the many highs and lows of society Regency courtship.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) hilariously recounts all of the witty exchanges, elopements, and lavish balls of Jane Austen’s much-loved couple in a production that does justice to the original 1813 novel whilst also adding several modern twists to the story with its use of live music, comedy and props.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) was written by Scottish playwright Isobel McArthur with the fabulous musical score inspired by her favourite songs growing up including timeless hits from a wide range of musical genres from Pulp's “Something Changed.”to Carly Simon's “You're So Vain”
Seating PlanCriterion Theatre Seating Plan
AddressPiccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA
Directions from nearest tube
The theatre can be seen on Piccadilly Circus next to the Eros statue.
(Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Regent Street) 14, 15, 22, 94, 159, 453
Night Bus Numbers
(Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 159, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Regent Street) 14, 94, 159, 453, N15, N22, N109
Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (3 mins)
Within Congestion Zone
There are three tiers in the Criterion Theatre - the stalls on the ground floor, the dress circle one floor up and then the upper circle on the second floor. The theatre has many seats that feature quite severe restrictions due to support pillars that are located on the first two levels. The seats in the upper circle however while not offering a lot of legroom for taller patrons, do mostly have a relatively decent view of the stage with no interference from either pillars or an overhang as there is no balcony section. Booking tickets at the Criterion Theatre in this section does offer some value, especially for weekend performances when tickets in the other sections will be sold at a premium and expensive.
The clear view seats in the front and centre of both the stalls and dress circle both offer good views of the stage (despite the seating in the stalls not being raked steeply) however, there are issues towards the back of the stalls from the overhang from the dress circle that can affect the view from row M onwards. There are also pillars obstruct the view to the back of the stalls that are a problem. In the dress circle there are some specifically designated ‘restricted view’ seats because of the pillars that support the upper circle in Row C. All seats that do feature restrictions however should be priced accordingly, and it will depend on the actual production as to how severe the restrictions are so it is highly recommended that patrons study the seating plan thoroughly before booking tickets at the Criterion that are marked as 'restricted view', and always remember that 'cheap' is not always a 'bargain!'