Vincent Kartheiser will swap his sharp suits for ruffles and coattails. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis announced that the “Mad Men” star will play Mr. Darcy in its summer production of “Pride and Prejudice.”
The adaptation by Simon Reade will begin previews July 6, with an official opening July 12. The limited engagement will run through Aug. 31.
Guthrie leader Joe Dowling will direct; no additional casting has been announced.
Kartheiser, best known for playing unpopular adman Pete Campbell, has a long history with the Guthrie. The Minnesota native played Tiny Tim in a 1986 production of “A Christmas Carol” and later starred in productions of “Henry V” and “Henry IV.”
Based on Jane Austen’s 19th century novel of the same name, “Pride and Prejudice” tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a young woman who ultimately falls for unlikely suitor Mr. Darcy.
The story has been madeover several times for the screen and stage during its 200-year history. “Pride and Prejudice” made its Broadway debut in 1935 and played 219 performances before closing in 1936.
More recently, the 1995 BBC miniseries starred Colin Firth as the aloof yet endearing Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as headstrong Elizabeth.