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Pride and Prejudice

14 – 18 August 2024

In the Playhouse

Theatre

Film, television and stage icon, Nadine Garner brings to life Pride and Prejudice, a unique but faithful adaptation in words and music of Jane Austen’s most famous work. With a score by Carl Davis, Nadine is joined on stage with internationally acclaimed musicians Melvyn Tan (Piano) and Madeleine Easton (Violin) in this unique but faithful production.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation in words and music is the theatrical retelling of Jane Austen’s most famous work. The enduring story of the romance between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy is presented in an intimate drawing-room setting, in much the same way that Jane herself first read the story aloud to the Austen family and their closest friends. 

Film, television and stage icon, Nadine Garner brings to life Austen’s most famous manuscript with a sublime musical accompaniment. Weaving around Austen’s own words is Carl Davis' magical score from the much-loved BBC TV drama series of Pride and Prejudice, widely considered the most seminal television adaptation of the author’s work.

Joining Nadine on stage will be internationally acclaimed concert pianist Melvyn Tan. The Singaporean born child prodigy moved to London aged twelve to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School before an in-demand career performing at the world’s most prestigious venues including Royal Festival Hall and New York’s Lincoln Centre.

Violin accompaniment will be performed by Madeleine Easton, the Australian musician who enthralled a televised audience of 400 million people with solo performances at the coronation of King Charles III.

Pride and Prejudice is arguably the greatest romance novel of the English Language. More than 200 years after her death, Jane Austen’s work continues to resonate with every new generation. It is fitting that much loved Australian actor Nadine Garner will honour this legacy in a unique but faithful production promising captivating entertainment. laugh-out-loud moments and wonderful surprises.

Director Tyran Parke
Adaptation Gill Hornby

Presented by Spiritworks & Theatre Tours International

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Cast

Nadine Garner Actor

One of Australia’s most respected actors, Nadine Garner’s career has spanned film, television and theatre for more than 25 years.  

Nadine’s television credits include the Network 10/Channel 5 (UK) series LIE WITH ME, the Stan original series BLOOM, MY LIFE IS MURDER and MR BLACK for Network 10, THE BLAKE MYSTERIES: GHOST STORIES Telemovie for the Seven Network, ABC’s THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES, the Seven Network drama CITY HOMICIDE, ABC comedy IT’S A DATE, BLUE WATER HIGH, THE HENDERSON KIDS, G.P, THE FLYING DOCTORS, BOYS FROM THE BUSH, and RAW FM for which she was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama. 

Nadine’s feature film credits include Ben Hackworth’s debut feature CELESTE which premiered at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Ana Kokkinos’ THE BOOK OF REVELATION, Darren Ashton’s RAZZLE DAZZLE and Amanda Jane’s THE WEDDING PARTY, which earned her a New York City International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

In 1988, Nadine won the AFI Award for Best Actress for her role in Don McLennan’s Mull and in 1995, she received a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress and an AFI Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Metal Skin. 

Nadine has also worked for many of Australia's theatre companies performing both contemporary and classical pieces. 

Nadine Garner, an Australian actor.
Melvyn Tan Piano

Melvyn Tan stands as a towering figure in the classical music world, renowned for his exceptional mastery of both the fortepiano and the modern piano. Born in Singapore in 1956, Tan's prodigious talent was evident early on, leading him to prestigious training at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and further studies at the Royal College of Music. His decision to specialize in the fortepiano in 1980 catalyzed a distinguished career marked by ground-breaking interpretations and international acclaim. 

Tan has captivated audiences worldwide with his performances in some of the globe's most prestigious venues, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and New York's Lincoln Center. His artistry is celebrated for its insightful interpretations and innovative programming that spans the full historical spectrum of the piano's repertoire. His partnerships with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players, have often been described as revelatory, bringing fresh perspectives to well-trodden repertoires. 

His discography is extensive and influential, featuring landmark recordings that have redefined the performance of classical piano music. These include critically acclaimed fortepiano renditions of concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as masterful performances of Romantic and modern works on the concert grand piano. 

Melvyn Tan's illustrious career is a testament to his profound musical intelligence and his relentless pursuit of expressive depth in piano music.  

“…the most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists… everything seemed to illuminate everything else.”
THE GUARDIAN - UK 

Melvyn Tan - pianist.
Madeleine Easton Violin

The Australian violinist Madeleine Easton is an established star on the international stage. She has appeared as both soloist, concertmaster, and director of the worlds most respected ensembles. 

She has performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Gabrieli Consort, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian World Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England. She held the position of concertmaster of The Hanover Band from 2006-2017.

Madeleine formed a special relationship with the Royal Academy of Music, London where she directed the Bach Cantata Series from 2009- 2019 and is regularly invited to give masterclasses. In 2019 she returned to Australia to found Bach Akademie Australia, now a mainstay on the Australian music scene, regularly achieving 5 star reviews. 

“Easton entranced her audience with this pinnacle of the violin repertoire where intellect, athleticism, stamina, technique and sheer musicality collide.”
- Sydney Arts Guide 

Madeleine Easton, an Australian violinist.

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