Pride & Prejudice Actors Reunited for Fringe’s Winnie The Pooh

Illustration by E. H. Shepard

Illustration by E. H. Shepard

By James Robert Shaw

Actors Ellen Law and Ian Simms, who performed together in Langham Court Theatre’s hit production of Jane Asuten’s Pride and Prejudice, are reuniting on stage for Winnie the Pooh and Tales of 100 Acre Wood. University of Victoria alumni Law and Simms played Kitty Bennet and Charles Bingley in Janet Munsil’s adaptation of Austen’s novel and will be taking on roles of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh for this production. Theatre critic Janis la Couvee wrote of Pride and Prejudice:

“My guest for the evening is more familiar with rock and roll than the genteel considerations of Austen. The genius of this production of Pride and Prejudice is that it captured his attention completely. Bravo to cast and crew for a job well done—you have breathed new life into an undisputed treasure of the English language canon.”

Actor Ian Simms

Actor Ian Simms

Winnie the Pooh & Tales of 100 Acre Wood will be presented as part of this year’s Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival by local group Outpost 31. David Elendune’s adaption of A. A. Milne’s works will see Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh against the backdrop of World War II during the blitz of London, England. Ian Case is set to direct. Both Elendune and Case were the creative team behind Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale at last year’s Fringe.

Winnie the Pooh and Tales of 100 Acre Wood will be at Venue 2 – Downtown Activity Centre, 755 Pandora between August 25-September 4, 2016. This is an all-ages show and is part of the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival.

The scheduled shows are as follows:

Thur Aug 25 – 8:00pm
Sat Aug 27 – 1:45pm
Sun Aug 28 – 6:30pm
Wed Aug 31 – 9:45pm
Sat Sept 3 – 6:45pm
Sun Sept 4 – 4:45pm

Source(s): Outpost 31 Victoria‘s Facebook page, University of Victoria Theatre website, and Janis la Couvee.

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