3 September 2015
Farquhar’s late Restoration comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem will be broadcast live to the UK and Europe on 3 September 2015 (and to the rest of the world on 24 September 2015)
Simon Godwin directs Samuel Barnett, Esh Alladi and Susannah Fielding 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 Beaux’ Stratagem is broadcast live from the National Theatre on 3 September 2015.