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The Rivals

The Rivals

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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What to do when you're in love with someone who is in love with you only because they think you're actually someone else? Two young couples, a moralistic widow, an Irish suitor, disguise, intrigue, love letters, Sheridan's rapier wit and satire are the perfect ingredients for this ultimate cocktail of a comedy of manners.

Young socialite Lydia Languish is in love with Ensign Beverly, an artistic but penniless busker, and believes the situation to be hopelessly romantic. But Beverly has a secret. A big one. He is in fact the lead singer 'Captain' Jack Absolute from the incredibly successful band The Regiment. Meanwhile, Jack's band mate Faulkland is having romantic problems of his own. He is wildly in love with songstress and hopeless romantic Julia, but cannot stop himself from worrying about her fidelity. Meanwhile, Lydia's conniving PA Lucy is out causing dramas all for her own entertainment, at the expense of poor Mrs Malaprop, who just can't seem to say the right thing...

Set against the amalgamation of the 1780s, 1980s and modern day, this reworking of the classic Restoration comedy will introduce you to a fresh vision of the genre, one that is the very "pineapple of politeness".

at the Welsh Church Hall
879 Leytonstone High Road
E11 1HR

Journey Planner
8 adults, 5 concessions
Special rate for parties*
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Fri 13 July 2012, 8pm
Sat 14 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

Wed 18 July 2012, 8pm
Fri 20 July 2012, 8pm
Sat 21 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

*1 free full price ticket for every 9 (full price and/or concessions) booked. If booking online, please pay for all tickets and a cash refund will be given at the Box Office. Note there is now no longer any extra charge for booking online.

Sir Anthony Absolute Oliver Clement
Captain Jack Absolute/
Ensign Beverly
Tom Raw
Faulkland Ben Wille
Bob Acres Mo Wootten
Sir Lucius O'Trigger Andy Harker
Fag Ben Hurren
David Stuart Clark
Thomas Bill Patten
Lydia Languish Gina Sneesby
Mrs Malaprop Ceri Wilkinson
Julia Melville Rachel Peter
Lucy Sarah Jane Kitchen
Servant Victoria Bettelheim
Girl, Maid Helena Braithwaite
Director L J Hickerton
Producer Gill Taylor
Stage Manager Rachel Narborough
Set Design Rob Hickerton
Set Consultant Rachel Narborough
Costumes Victoria Bettelheim, LJ Hickerton
Make-up Ceri Wilkinson
Sound Operation Phil Braithwaite
Sound Design Peter Raggett
Lighting Design and Operation Declan McGuire
Poster Design Declan McGuire
Technical Consultant Robert Bettelheim
Front of House Managers Jessie Greer, Jackie Withnall
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Main images by and © Stephen Cahill-Hayes with additional pictures by and © LJ Hickerton
Poster design: Declan McGuire
Highlights of The Rivals DVD can be played by clicking here