The character everyone wanted to trust but knew would let them down comes to vivid life when Adrian Lukis takes to the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal stage for a special Original Theatre Company streaming of BEING MR WICKHAM, at the end of April.
Although Mr Darcy stole the Pride and Prejudice show and got the girl in the end, there have been many female readers of the Jane Austen classic, not to mention millions of viewers who kind of hoped that Mr Wickham might turn out to be the romantic hero of the story. Some viewers could read him like a book though and knew from the start that he was a wolf in hero’s clothing.
How did Adrian Lukis who played the worldly Mr Wickam in the BBC classic, view the character?
“I’m thrilled to be reunited with my old friend, George Wickham, having spent years defending his dubious reputation. I look forward to finally setting the record straight, with the assistance of the immensely talented Original Theatre Company. George Wickham is on the eve of his sixtieth birthday and wants to lift the sheets on exactly what happened thirty years on from where Jane Austen left him.”
The list of characters Adrian has played is endless and have made him a very familiar face on stage as well as both small and large screens.
Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company, Alastair Whatley said, “After months spent making work from home, I am delighted to be returning to the beautiful Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds with Being Mr Wickham. It is an apt venue in every way for our first ever live streaming. This stunning Regency theatre is the venue we call home and it could not be better suited to host an evening with Adrian Lukis reprising his acclaimed performance as Mr Wickham.”
Owen Calvert Lyons, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, said, “Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to be supporting Original Theatre to create Being Mr Wickham. George Wickham is one of literature’s most loved/hated figures and it feels fitting that he should make his return on the stage of the country’s last remaining Regency theatre. That audiences will experience this reinvention of Jane Austen’s story through online streaming is a beautiful fusion of the past and the future.”
The play will be live streamed from the stage of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds at 7:30pm on Friday 30 April and at 3pm & 7:30pm on Saturday 1 May 2021 via Original Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
Live from the stage of the magnificent Regency Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the live performances will be followed by a Q&A with Adrian Lukis.