Tea At Longbourn

“My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

Mr Bennet, a gentleman of modest means and the father of five daughters, has invited new neighbours and friends over for tea at his home, Longbourn House, so that they can get to know each other. His wife strongly believes that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

The game is set in the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but players should expect the unexpected, as elegant Regency costumes and decorous manners conceal that all is not how it seems on the outside. Surprises abound for characters who are concerned for their futures in an uncertain world.

Tea at Longbourn is a 2.5 to 3 hour freeform for 12 players in three acts. It was written Philippa Dall, Steve Hatherley, Heidi Kaye, Tony Mitton and AJ Smith at Peaky 2019. Expect Pride and Prejudice with a few twists of mayhem. Players seeking a straightforward Regency game of courtship and social climbing should probably look elsewhere.

Basic information

Number of players: 12 (6 female, 6 male)
Setting: A country house in 1809.
Time to run: 2.5 to 3 hours (including setup and debrief)
Space Requirements: Large room
Authors: Philippa Dall, Steve Hatherley, Heidi Kaye, Tony Mitton and AJ Smith.


  • Mr Bennet - dryly sarcastic patriarch of the Bennet family
  • Mrs Bennet - hypochondriac wife and mother of five daughters
  • Miss Jane Bennet - beautiful eldest daughter of the family
  • Miss Elizabeth Bennet - intelligent and witty second-eldest daughter
  • Miss Lydia Bennet - vivacious youngest daughter
  • Mr Charles Bingley - wealthy, amiable, eligible bachelor
  • Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy - very wealthy, eligible bachelor
  • Miss Caroline Bingley - vainglorious, snobbish sister of Charles Bingley
  • Miss Charlotte Lucas - friend of Elizabeth Bennet
  • Rev William Collins - obsequious self-serving clergyman, cousin to the Bennets
  • Colonel Fitzwilliam - well-bred eligible bachelor, cousin to Mr Darcy
  • Mr George Wickham - dashing, charming cavalry officer
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