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She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith

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Oliver Goldsmith's much-loved 18th century comic masterpiece

Old-fashioned country Squire Hardcastle has a foolish fashionable wife, an oafish step-son, and a surprisingly sensible and beautiful daughter. He hopes for a marriage between his daughter Kate and the son of his best friend, Charles Marlow, a young man who seems perfect in every way apart from his excruciating shyness in the presence of respectable ladies. Mrs Hardcastle hopes for a marriage between her son Tony Lumpkin and her ward, the heiress Constance Neville.

But Tony is far more interested in local girl Bet Bouncer and Constance is far more interested in her secret fiancé George Hastings, Charles Marlow's best friend. When Marlow and Hastings get lost en route to visit Hardcastle, Tony Lumpkin tells them they will never reach their destination that night and directs them to an Inn; but the "Inn" is in fact his step-father's house.

The scene is set for a series of comic misunderstandings and misadventures: in the words of the play's sub-title,"The Mistakes of a Night".

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

Journey Planner
In advance £8 (£5 concessions)
On the door £9 (£6 concessions)
Special rate for parties*

Fri 31st May 2019, 8pm
Sat 1st June 2019, 2.30pm and 8pm

Fri 7th June 2019, 8pm
Sat 8th June 2019, 2.30pm and 8pm

*Buy nine tickets, get a tenth full price ticket free. Only available with online bookings. Pay for the full number of tickets online: we will reimburse you the cost of your free ticket(s) at the door

Mr Hardcastle
Mrs Hardcastle
Tony Lumpkin
Kate Hardcastle
Constance Neville
Charles Marlow
George Hastings
Old Sir Charles Marlow
Maid, Inkeeper, Servants, Villagers
Director Gill Taylor
Stage Manager
Front of House Managers

This production is now being cast. We are still looking for three men, playing age 20s - early 30s, for the parts of Marlow, Hastings and Tony Lumpkin. Please contact the director via the link on this page if you are interested. Character notes and audition pieces are below.

Character notes

Audition pieces as follows:
Constance & Hastings
Marlow & Kate (with Constance & Hastings)
Kate, Marlow & Maid
Constance, Tony & Mrs Hardcastle
Tony, Mrs Hardcastle & Mr Hardcastle

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