The Beaux’ Stratagem at the National Theatre
National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
The Beaux’ Stratagem starring Samuel Barnett and Esh Alladi at the National Theatre.
Previews from 19 May 2015, press night 26 May 2015, continuing in repertoire until 20 September 2015
Simon Godwin directs Samuel Barnett and Esh Alladi in George Farquhar’s final play; a fabulous carnal comedy.
The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, 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.
The cast include Samuel Barnett, Esh Alladi, Jamie Beamish, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jane Booker, Cornelius Clarke, Susannah Fielding, Molly Gromadzki, John Hastings, Richard Henders, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chris Kelham, Nicholas Khan, Barbara Kirby, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Pearce Quigley, Mark Rose, Chook Sibtain, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Timothy Watson.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Directed by Simon Godwin, with design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Jonathan Goddard, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt.
★★★★ ‘Fresh and assured. This Restoration comedy has japes aplenty. Winning performances from Susannah Fielding and Geoffrey Streatfeild.’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘Exuberant. Deliciously modern. This Restoration romp is a lot of fun.’ Time Out
★★★★ ‘Samuel Barnett is perfectly cast as Aimwell.’ Financial Times
★★★★ ‘Exhilarating. Simon Godwin’s production maintains a perfect balance between serious comment and exuberant fun.’ Guardian