Streamed live from the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Fantastic! There is no better description. This Original Theatre Company production starred Adrian Lukis who also co-wrote the script with Catherine Curzon. Adrian had made the George Wickham portrayal in the BBC’s much-acclaimed production of Pride and Prejudice his very own.
Thus we expected much from him in this very special stage production. Far from being disappointed we gave him and those behind the scenes a standing ovation – and we were watching it at home!!!!
Let us pay tribute first of all to Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company and Owen Calbert Lyons, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds who jointly spear-headed this amazing production.
The skill of director Guy Unsworth, the ingenuity of designer Libby Watson and the filming talent of Matt Hargreaves combined to provide us with a most memorable theatre evening.
The main event of course was the unblemished performance of Adrian Lukis as the roguish George Wickham, delivering a very solid hour of dialogue that was a roller-coaster ride of an emotional journey.
Adrian’s delivery was a class act and would not be out of place in the lecture hall of any drama college. Every wry smile, every blink of an eye, every strut, every slump, every laugh and every sigh contributed to a very special performance.
We heard the sound of regret, perhaps even remorse – at times. We also heard the sound of bravado amid the tired words of resignation. There were the protests of being born on the wrong side of the blanket and then the roguish grin as memories of charming a path under other blankets came to mind.
It was a one-man performance with no flaws. Sudden movements to gaze out of the window to become a spectator of some romantic skulduggery across the road, a pause for memories and musings and then back to the bottle, the writing desk, the chair all affectionately-held ingredients of the almost-changed life of George Wickham – the now 60-year-old George Wickham.
Yes, he is still with the petulant Lydia whose petulance does not appear to have diminished with maturity. But George Wickham is himself a reformed character, isn’t he? Isn’t he??? A raised glass and that familiar roguish smile says far more than words.
In case you are in any date, I’ll repeat what I said at the start – FANTASTIC!