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She Stoops to Conquer
by
Oliver Goldsmith

Summer Tour Production, 14th – 25th July 2015
Venues Dates & Map <— click here for —> Cast List
She Stoops To Conquer has a classic place in the history of theatre; it is one of those plays that inspired a host of imitators – from London Assurance (which we toured a few years ago) right up to To the Manor Born – on the theme of the city slicker being outwitted by the cunning of the countryman. It's a perfect Summer Tour play - almost all of the action takes place in one room, there’s a core cast of eight with four or five decent cameo roles as well and it’s an 18th century piece so the costumes are great – and it’s genuinely funny.
To give you a flavour, here's a brief synopsis: Irascible old Squire Hardcastle and his wife live in a rather dilapidated country house with her son, Tony Lumpkin and their daughter Kate. He and his old friend Charles Marlow feel it would be good if Kate and young Marlow get married. A problem arises - or rather doesn't - as young Marlow, whilst a bit of a rake around the serving wenches and scullery maids, is overcome with shyness when talking to a girl of his own class. Kate, being a strong minded young lady, is determined to get her man, and takes on the role of a barmaid to win through. And in case that doesn't make sense, we should mention that Tony Lumpkin has conned Young Marlow and his friend Hastings into believing that the Hardcastle home is a run down country pub, and the Squire a rather daft landlord.

A full copy of the script is here, if you fancy reading it. If you'd rather just sit back and watch, do come along with friends, chairs and a picnic - not forgetting a nice bottle of wine - and enjoy the show!