When an actor plays a much loved character from a novel in a TV or movie version, the casting can sometimes be completely wrong and at other times it can be a perfect fit. I have sometimes wondered if the casting agent has actually read the book (picking Billie Piper to play Fanny Price in Mansfield Park is an example of that). However, the casting team was having a seriously good day when Adrian Lukis was selected to play George Wickham in the Colin Firth 1995 Pride and Prejudice. He was dashing, charming, but with a good hint of naughtiness as well, and he helped make that TV adaptation one of the most successful of all time. And now Mr Wickham is coming to Sydney! And I am going to share a stage with him, which is exciting enough to make my nerves resemble those of Mrs Bennet!
On Sunday 20 Oct, at 2 for 2.30pm, at Club York (99 York St, Sydney) for the cost of only $40 which includes afternoon tea, you can attend a performance of ‘An Afternoon with Jane Austen’. Adrian and I will perform scenes from Jane Austen’s novels, tell you about her life, and will bring her characters alive for your enjoyment. I would be thrilled if we can fill the room for this very special performance.
I will also be interviewing Adrian about playing Mr Wickham and about his acting career (he has performed in Downton Abbey, The Crown, Death in Paradise and many other famous shows). You can catch these events at:
Wed 23 Oct, 6.30pm, Sutherland Library
Thurs 24 Oct, 11am, Ashfield Library
Mon 28 Oct, 7pm, Mosman Library
But you must phone the libraries to book, as these are very likely to book out.
What are your thoughts on casting for movies? Can you recall a time when you think the producers got it totally wrong? Have you seen Adrian Lukis in other productions? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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