She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
'Joyous stuff.' Evening Standard

One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family.

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She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith

Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he’s mistaken by his prospective son in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid.

The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality he’s a charmer with those of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues.

To come to my house, to call for what he likes, to turn me out of my own chair, to insult the family, to order his servants to get drunk, and then to tell me, “This house is mine, sir”. By all that’s impudent it makes me laugh.

Audio-Described performance: Sat 25 Feb at 2pm (Touch Tour at 12.30pm)

Captioned performance: Tue 27 Mar at 7.30pm

 

National Theatre Live

She Stoops to Conquer will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 29 March 2012 as part of National Theatre Live. Find your nearest cinema and book.

photo (Katherine Kelly and Cush Jumbo) by Oliver Prout

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