October 1995 - She Stoops to Conquer - by Oliver Goldsmith

Directed by Janet Lewis

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Character:

Cast: The Play:

 

 

 

Tony Lumpkin

Mr Hardcastle

Mrs Hardcastle

Miss Hardcastle

Miss Neville

Mr Marlow

Mr Hastings

Sir Charles Marlow

Landlady

Maid

Roger

Diggory

Pimple

Other parts...

  

  

  

  

  

  

Backstage:

Stage Manager

ASM

Lighting

  

Sound

  

Costumes

Props

Prompt

Front of House

  

Business Manager

 

  

Bob Allen

John Adams

Kathie Dowson

Sarah Atkins

Di Buck

Tim Wrighton

Mike Wills

Alan Irons

Pat Stimson

Christine Rogers

Danny Rogers

Colin Chivers

Gaelle Chivers

Pete Lawry

Gaelle Chivers

Colin Chivers

Danny Rogers

Christine Rogers

Alan Irons

 

 

Donna Worrall

Jim Sinkinson

Gerry Millward

  Lesley Keetley

Pete Lawry

  Lesley Keetley

Pat Stimson

Lesley Irons

Gaynor Clark

Ann Aplin

  Rachel Tillotson

Anne Chenery

She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, first performed in 1773. The play is a great favourite for study by English literature classes in Britain.

In essence, the play is a farce, full of misunderstandings.

The hero is Charles Marlow, a wealthy young man who is being forced by his family to consider a potential bride whom he has never met. He is anxious about meeting her, because he suffers from shyness and can only behave naturally with women of a lower class. He sets out with a friend to travel to the home of his prospective in-laws, the Hardcastles, but they become lost on the road.

While the bride-to-be is awaiting his arrival, her half-brother, Tony Lumpkin (one of literature's great comic characters), while out riding, comes across the two strangers, and, realising their identity, plays a practical joke by telling them that they are a long way from their destination and will have to stay overnight at an inn. The "inn" he directs them to is in fact the home of his parents. When they arrive, their hosts, who have been expecting them, go out of their way to make them welcome. However, the two men, believing themselves in a hostelry, behave rudely.

Meanwhile, Tony's sister, Kate, learning of the error and also acquainted with her suitor's shyness, masquerades as a serving-maid in order to get to know him. He falls in love with her and plans to elope with her. Needless to say, all misunderstandings are sorted out in the end, and Charles and Kate live happily ever after.