SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

Rating: EX15+
Year: 2011
Length: 167 minutes
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
By Oliver Goldsmith

Cast includes
David Fynn
Harry Hadden-Paton
John Heffernan
Cush Jumbo
Katherine Kelly
Steve Pemberton
Gavin Spokes
Sophie Thompson

Director
Jamie Lloyd

Designer
Mark Thompson

Lighting Designer
Neil Austin

Sound and Music
The Ringham Brothers

Movement Director
Ann Yee

Associate Sound Designer
Matt Berry

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.

Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward yo 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.

This little barmaid though runs in my head most strangely, and drives out the absurdities of all the rest of the family. She’s mine, she must be mine,
or I’m greatly mistaken.

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.
* Cry Baby Session