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The Belle’s Stratagem

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In a time when women were second-class citizens, a group of wily ladies are determined to get their own way... Read More >

The team behind Southwark Playhouse’s production of The Rivals returns with The Belle’s Stratagem, one of the greatest plays of the Georgian stage.

In a time when women were second-class citizens, a group of wily ladies are determined to get their own way.

When beautiful Letitia Hardy’s betrothed returns from the grand tour convinced that English women are dull, she sets out to gain his love with an ingenious scheme to prove him wrong.

Meanwhile the jealous Sir George Touchwood arrives in town with his new wife, Lady Frances, in tow. It’s not long before two of London’s most rambunctious wits, Miss Ogle and Mrs Rackett, make it their mission to convert her into a lady of fashion.

The Belle’s Stratagem stars a wealth of London stage regulars including Gina Beck and Jackie Clune, along with former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt making her stage debut.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 06/09/2011

Opening Night: 09/09/2011

Closing Night: 01/10/2011

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Cast & Creative


Gina Beck, Jackie Clune, Hannah Spearritt, Maggie Steed, Robin Soans


Director - Jessica Swale

Producer - Peter Huntley productions in association with Red Handed Theatre Company

Designer - Simon Kenny

Lighting Designer - Christopher Nairne

Author - Hannah Cowley

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