Adrian Lukis to star in Being Mr Wickham tour this autumn

Adrian Lukis is to star in a new tour of Being Mr Wickham this autumn.

Written by Adrian Lukis and Catherine Curzon, the one-man play about one of Jane Austen’s most charmingly roguish characters is directed by Guy Unsworth and designed by Libby Watson.

Adrian Lukis, who starred in the renowned BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, returns to the title role following the acclaimed online production of Being Mr Wickham earlier this year.

“Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends – whether he may be equally capable of retaining them is less certain.”

Join Pride and Prejudice’s most roguish gentleman, George Wickham, on the eve of his sixtieth birthday, to lift the sheets on exactly what happened thirty years on from where we left him. Discover his own version of some very famous literary events. What really happened with Darcy? What did he feel about Lizzie? What happened at Waterloo? Not to mention Byron…

The 2021 tour will play Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (30 September-2 October), The Theatre Chipping Norton (4-5 October), Theatr Clwyd (8-9 October), Darlington Hippodrome (11-12 October), York Theatre Royal (14-16 October), The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (19-20 October), Connaught Theatre, Worthing (21-22 October), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (28-30 October), The Haymarket, Basingstoke (1-2 November) and Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne (4-6 November).

Tickets and further details are available online here.

Adrian Lukis said: “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.”

Being Mr Wickham is produced by Alastair Whatley and Tom Hackney for Original Theatre Compan, the award-winning producer of hit online productions of Birdsong and Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon as well as stage productions including the 5-star revival of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and A Splinter of Ice.

Direction comes from Guy Unsworth with design by Libby Watson, sound design by Max Pappenheim and lighting design by Johanna Town.

Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company, said: “Guy Unsworth’s production of Adrian’s and Catherine’s fantastic play was one of the highlights from our recent online season. Originally live streamed from the beautiful Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds but without an audience physically with us in the room, it’s a real thrill to be able to get the show on the road and visit theatres up and down the country.”

Photo credit: James Findlay

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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