She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, presented by Bath Drama, directed by Gill Morrell at The Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, April 25th – April 28th at 7.30pm.
Too late (1773) to be called a Restoration comedy, this carries on that trend being somewhat a comedy of manners, a satire, farce and bucolic romp. Hugely successful at the time and often performed since there are also echoes of Shakespeare with mistaken identities.
London gentleman suitor, Marlow, en route to visit his prospective father in law, Hardcastle, calls at the local inn for directions. Tony Lumpkin (almost literally larger than life Tia Newin) directs him to Hardcastle’s house telling him it’s an inn as the house is too difficult to find.
Thus the evening’s deceptions and misconceptions begin, carried on with relish by his prospective bride Kate (excellent Phoebe Wood-Wheelhouse).
There’s a huge cast, all suitably costumed and bewigged, with appropriate music and scenery.
To misquote Miss Jean Brodie, if you like that sort of thing then this is the sort of thing you’ll like. It’s full tilt, flat out and well done.