Actor Firth sends best wishes to Hall shows

A record crowd at Lytham Hall for last year's final play of the season
A record crowd at Lytham Hall for last year's final play of the season

Lytham Hall’s forthcoming outdoor plays season has been given a dream boost – the best wishes of an Oscar winner.

The season starts on June 14 with a production of Pride and Prejudice.

And actor Colin Firth, who memorably played Mr Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel on 1995 and won an Oscar for The King’s Speech in 2010, sent his good wishes after being contacted by Hall plays season organiser Julian Wilde.

Pride and Prejudice will be presented by the Lincoln-based Chapterhouse Theatre company and is the first of four open air plays to be staged at the Hall this summer.

“My compliments to everyone associated with the production of Pride and Prejudice at Lytham Hall,” wrote Firth, who is currently filming a new comedy with American director Woody Allen.

“When we shot our TV version nearly 20 years ago we were lucky enough to enjoy a rare summer of warm unbroken sunshine. I hope that the cast from Chapterhouse will enjoy the same. The idea of a season of outdoor plays at Lytham Hall is very exciting and I send my best wishes for its success.”

Ticket sales for the opening play of the season are already substantially up on last year and Hall season organiser Julian Wilde said: “It’s very heartening to have the interest and support of Colin Firth – a real bonus for everyone.”