BBC2 are set to recreate the kind of ball Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy would have danced at.
Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball (w/t) will mark the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice’s publication by documenting the planning of a spectacular Regency ball.
From the dances to the dresses, a team of Regency experts will reconstruct every detail of a typical Austen-style ball, using first-hand testimonies to ensure the ball’s authenticity. The 90-minute programme will go behind the scenes of the event’s planning and rehearsal, ending in a spectacular recreation of a traditional Regency soiree, just like Netherfield Ball in Pride and Prejudice – the setting for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy’s first dance.
Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball will delve into the social history of balls – plus Regency drinks, dances, music and food – and the importance of such events in Jane Austen’s world.
Taking on the roles of period party planners are Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke, who will be joined by the likes of Ivan Day, Professor Jeanice Brooks, Dr Wiebke Thormahlen, Hilary Davidson, Stuart Marsden, Dr Anne Daye and John Mullan.
BBC’s Commissioning Editor for Arts, Mark Bell, says the documentary will offer Austen fans “a fresh perspective, exploring with depth and detail one of Regency Britain’s most crucial functions.”
The Pride and Prejudice-style ball will take place at Chawton House in Hampshire, the home in which Jane Austen spent the last few years of her life and penned many of her famous novels.
Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters. The romantic novel, which was first published in 1813, has spawned numerous adaptations and remains as popular as ever 200 years later.
Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball will air on BBC2 later this year.
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