'Mad Men' star Vincent Kartheiser will play Mr. Darcy in 'Pride and Prejudice' play

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Is it possible to go from the loathsome Pete Campbell to the romantic Mr. Darcy? A theater in Minnesota must hope so since it has cast "Mad Men" actor Vincent Kartheiser in the male lead role of its theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis will run the play this summer, with previews beginning on July 6. The show's official run will be from July 12 through August 31 and will help celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary.

Adapted for the stage by playwright Simon Reade and directed by Joe Dowling, "Pride and Prejudice" is one of the most famous works of classical fiction. It tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her love-hate-love relationship with the wealthy but aloof Mr. Darcy. Even those who have not read the early 19th-century novel are likely to know the story from one of its many filmed adaptations. A much-beloved 1995 BBC miniseries (starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the main roles) and a 2005 film (with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley taking over as Darcy and Lizzie) are the most familiar to recent audiences.

While the casting of Kartheiser in this stage role is a bit surprising, his association with the Guthrie Theater is actually longstanding. The actor played the role of Tiny Tim in the theater's production of "A Christmas Carol" at age 7 and later appeared in two Shakespeare productions.

But can Vincent Kartheiser pull off the role of Mr. Darcy, arguably one of the most romantic figures in all of Western literature? That remains to be seen.

(First reported by EW.com)

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