We are delighted to introduce you to the cast of our Christmas comedy She Stoops To Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Tom Littler.
OT Artistic Director Tom Littler directs Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds, with David Horovitchand Greta Scacchi, Sabrina Bartlett, Richard Derrington, Guy Hughes, and Robert Mountfordin this celebration of chaos and courtship.
With OT Community Director Francesca Ellis, Littler directs the 250th anniversary production of Oliver Goldsmith’s glorious comedy of misunderstanding. A riot of mistaken identities and marital mishaps is relocated to a 1930s country house world of Jeeves and Wooster, complete with disappearing diamonds, bumbling bachelors, and terrifying aunts.
Christmas at Hardcastle Hall. Emmy Award-winning Greta Scacchi (Heat and Dust, White Mischief, War and Peace) and David Horovitch (Miss Marple, Mr Turner) play the mismatched Hardcastles. She craves cool jazz and cocktails; he wants a warm fire and the company of his bookish daughter Kate Hardcastle. Kate (Tanya Reynolds, Sex Education, Emma) can’t wait to meet her intended fiancé, Charles Marlow (Olivier Award nominee Freddie Fox, The Great, House of the Dragon). But when Marlow is stricken with nerves, Kate must act fast.
Meanwhile, confusion reigns. Kate’s friend Constance (Sabrina Bartlett, Bridgerton, While the Sun Shines) is trying to steal her own diamonds to run off with her dim-witted beau (Robert Mountford, Spike, The Habit of Art). Tony Lumpkin (Guy Hughes, Cyrano, The Little Matchgirl) has tricked the visitors into believing that Hardcastle Hall is a pub. And Diggory (Richard Derrington, The Tempest, The Archers) is rapidly proving to be the worst butler in the world.
Artistic Director Tom Littler said: “We are delighted to welcome such a tremendous company for Oliver Goldsmith’s heartwarming and hilarious play. Two hundred and fifty years since it premiered, it remains one of the liveliest, sharpest, and most generous plays in the canon. She Stoops to Conquer brought laughter back into the 18th century theatre, but it also introduced a new level of acute psychology and paved the way for Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and more.”
The production opens on 22 November, with previews from 18 November, and runs until 6 January.