Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Can dashing Darcy set pulses racing

Neil McDermott is  as Mr Darcy
Neil McDermott is as Mr Darcy
Neil McDermott as Mr Darcy
Colin Firth

When Colin Firth stepped out of the water in the television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, he created an iconic image, certainly in the minds of millions of women.

Certainly, draping the human form in dripping wet clothes is a well-tried way of stirring the imagination. For men of a certain age, the sight of Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in the Bond film, Dr No, had a similar appeal.

So can the latest Mr Darcy, Neal McDermott, who takes on the role in a musical version of Pride and Prejudice being staged at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, set pulses racing in the same way as Firth?

He manfully strode out of the Lagan in a recreation of the television scene, but didn't seem too disappointed if fans thought he didn't quite measure up. But then Firth hardly set the world on fire with his singing in Mamma Mia!

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