Have you long harbored a secret desire to dance with Mr. Darcy, hang out with Elizabeth Bennet, and smack Mr. Bingley in the face for being a wishy-washy pushover? Well, you may not quite have the chance to do all THAT—but you WILL have a chance to experience ta real-life version of the Netherfield Ball in all its Regency glory!

According to Refinery29, the BBC is set to recreate the ball held by Mr. Bingley at Netherfield Park in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for the novel’s 200th anniversary. Experts will plan, stage, and rehearse the historically accurate event, from the dancing and the music right down to the food and the fashion. Unfortunately it’s not clear whether the event will be open to the public (our guess is sadly no), but still. Neat-o, right?

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The process will be documented by the BBC; the program, Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball at Easter will be screened on BBC2 this spring. There’s no word yet on when it will be hitting PBS, BBC America, or any of the other US channels likely to screen it, but by hook or by crook, we’ll find a way to watch it—just you wait!

The Beeb’s official site will update as time goes on with more information about the art, fashion, and dance of the 1800s; there will even be Regency food recipes available on the BBC Food website. Love!

Tell us: If you were given the opportunity, would you go to a real-life Netherfield Ball?

Listen Up, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Fans: The Netherfield Ball Is Really Happening! By Lucia Peters 


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