NOTE - THIS IS A LIVE CINEMA SCREENING BROADCAST FROM THE NATIONAL THEATRE IN LONDON
National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. It has been a huge hit in the UK, and will be coming to Selby Town Hall for a new season this spring. Three productions from London's National Theatre will be broadcast live, via satellite, to the venue.
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
By Oliver Goldsmith
To come to my house, to call for what he likes, toturn 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 to 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 therest 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.