SCHOOL pupils are putting a modern twist on one of the most popular classic novels in a new stage adaption.

Pupils from Durham School are putting on a stage show of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice today and tomorrow.

The Georgian era tale, originally set in 1813, will be played out between a present-day classroom and a Ted Talk devoted to a film about Jane Austen.

The story’s beloved heroine Elizabeth Bennett will be played by 17-year-old Emily Pehrson.

Emily, who is from Texas, will play Elizabeth as an American actress while the character of Mr Darcy, will be played by Year 11 pupil, Edward James.

Amy Brownlee, head of drama and director of the play, said: “Most audiences will have read or seen a film version of Pride and Prejudice, but this play will give a completely new take on it.

“It really takes notice of the changes to society and we have set the play by looking at how a modern-day society would perceive it.

Tickets are still available for a matinee performance, which takes place at the school’s Luce Theatre at 2pm tomorrow.