Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice - a study of the manners and morality of 18th-century upper-class England - is getting the stage treatment as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Ireland's Gate Theatre is performing its adaptation of the novel at the Academy for Performing Arts, in Wan Chai, until next Sunday. British author Austen (right), born in 1775, has been the subject of many biopics, including 2007's Becoming Jane , starring Anne Hathaway … The American actress - who shares her name with William Shakespeare's wife - wears many hats, including that of a soprano singer (she performed in 1998 and 1999 at Carnegie Hall). In 2012, to prepare for her role of tragic Les Misérables heroine Fantine, Hathaway shed 11kg and had her long locks cut on camera. "The idea was to look near death," she said at the time. In that same year, Hathaway made an audio-book recording of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , the most recognised work by L. Frank Baum … Born in New York in 1856, Baum was one of nine children, only five of whom made it into adulthood. Before finding literary fame, Baum became a breeder of fancy poultry, specialising in the Hamburg chicken, which originated in Germany. His fowl fascination climaxed in March 1880, with the release of a monthly journal called The Poultry Record - not one of his finest literary moments. In 2013, the movie Oz the Great and Powerful paid homage to MGM's 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz , and starred James Franco and British actress Rachel Weisz … Weisz (pronounced "vice") is known for her roles in The Mummy flicks and The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for best supporting actress. She is less known for having a tattoo of a ladder on her hip, a symbol from her Cambridge University days, when she co-founded Talking Tongues, an ambitious theatre troupe that incorporated a ladder into one of its productions. Weisz, who yesterday turned 45, had a small part in Stealing Beauty (1996), directed by Italian Bernardo Bertolucci, who is now working on a historical romance about 16th-century musician Carlo Gesualdo … Gesualdo, also known as Gesualdo da Venosa, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian nobleman, lutenist and composer. Born in 1560, he became notorious for the gruesome murders of his wife (he married his cousin) and her lover, whose limbs he slashed with a sword before shooting them in the head. The not-so-charming prince, however, was immune from the law by dint of his noble status. Embroiled in the Spanish Inquisition and a witchcraft trial (he was supposedly tormented by the spells of a former concubine), Gesualdo is said to have been beaten to death, aged 47, by his servants. Portraying the prince of darkness in the forthcoming biopic is Joseph Fiennes … Born Joseph Alberic Iscariot Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes in 1970, the British actor is eighth cousin to the Prince of Wales. Often playing characters who write novels, plays, poetry or other literary works, Fiennes somewhat sold his creative soul in 2010, when he teamed up with French coffee brand Carte Noire to create the "perfect coffee moment" by giving online readings from some of literature's most powerful and intense novels. He began with Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen.