AustLit logo
y separately published work icon Pride and Prejudice single work   radio play  
Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen , 1813 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1953... 1953 Pride and Prejudice
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

An adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.


  • The Sun noted that this production was 'specially prepared for Leaving Certificate students'.


    'Plays and Players', The Sun, 16 October 1953, p.16.

  • The reviewer in the Age noted:

    Last Sunday the unexpected happened in the shape of a quite believable presentation in dramatic form of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

    Cramming a whole novel into an hour of drama is a perfectly hopeless method of presenting even one tenth of the story. All that can emerge is a skeleton. That is unfair to the book and to the genius of Miss Austen who would have been horrified if she had heard the broadcast, and would probably have declined to permit it.

    At the same time one had to applaud the skill with which Catherine Shepherd handled the adaptation. Although one cannot approve of such literary topiary one can forgive it a little if some of the essence of the original is preserved. In this instance that was done.

    But why cannot this questionable practice be stopped and more encouragement be given for the production of original work? We have some excellent writers of short stories in Australia, who if it were made worth their while, could tell their tales through the dramatic medium equally as effectively.


    'The Week in Wireless', The Age, 24 October 1953, p.16.

Production Details

  • Broadcast on ABC radio on Sunday 18 October 1953, from 4:10pm.

    Producer: Neil Hutchinson.

    Cast: Margo Lee (Elizabeth Bennet), Alan Trevor (Mr Darcy), Lou Vernon (Mr Bennet), Enid Huxtable (Mrs Bennet), Marie Clarke (Jane), Yvonne Louis (Kitty), Rosemary Miller (Lydia), Lionel Stevens (Mr Collins and Sir W. Lucas), Fifi Banvard (Lady Catherine De Bourgh), Roger Climpson (Mr Wickham), David Butler (Mr Bingley), Junee Cornell (Caroline Bingley), Phyllis Best (Mrs Gardiner), and John Tate (Mr Gardiner).


    'Plays and Players', The Sun, 16 October 1953, p.16.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Last amended 13 Feb 2018 14:00:47
    Powered by Trove