The Beaux’ Stratagem

The Beaux’ Stratagem

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Simon Godwin returns to the National Theatre to direct George Farquhar’s tale about two charming and dissolute men who’ve blow their fortunes. Read More >

Simon Godwin returns to the National Theatre to direct The Beaux’ Stratagem, George Farquhar’s tale about two charming and dissolute men who’ve blow their fortunes.

Shamed and debt-ridden, Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer flee London for provincial Lichfield with the stratagem to marry for money. Posing as master and servant at a local inn, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles – a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest – but their greatest obstacle is love.

When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

Royal Court Associate Director Godwin returns to the NT following productions of Strange Interlude and Man And Superman. His credits at the Royal Court include Routes, NSFW, The Witness and Goodbye To All That, while elsewhere his work includes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Two Gentlemen Of Verona.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 19/05/2015

Opening Night: 26/05/2015

Closing Night: 20/09/2015

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Samuel Barnett, Jamie Beamish, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Susannah Fielding, Amy Morgan, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Esh Alladi, Jane Booker, Cornelius Clarke, Molly Gromadzki, John Hastings, Richard Henders, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chris Kelham, Nicholas Khan, Barbara Kirby, Ana-Maria Maskell, Pearce Quigley, Mark Rose, Chook Sibtain, Timothy Watson

Creative

Director - Simon Godwin

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Lizzie Clachan

Lighting Designer - Jon Clark

Movement Director - Jonathan Goddard

Sound - Christopher Shutt

Author - George Farquhar

Music By - Michael Bruce