Out of Joint, in association with the National Theatre, present
She Stoops to Conquer / A Laughing Matter
by Oliver Goldsmith and April De Angelis 2002
Premiered in 1773, She Stoops to Conquer broke the mould with its satirical swipe at polite society. It tells the story of young Charles Marlow and his search for the perfect wife. Inept in the art of love, he’s unable to woo ladies of the upper class, but when he falls for the barmaid he ends up getting more than he bargained for.
A Laughing Matter opens in 1773 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The crowd is getting restless. The leading man’s unconscious but the show must go on. This irreverent version of real-life events tells the story of David Garrick, Dr Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith and a new play called She Stoops to Conquer. Caught between financial pressures and artistic ambition, Garrick must decide if he can risk staging a play which could make or break his career.
‘A superb double of comic infiltration’
‘Generates more ideas in an evening than most West End shows do in a 12-month run’
‘Cheekily transformative intelligence and vigour’
-London Evening Standard
‘A terrific double bill… a superbly versatile company of 11 actors gloriously inhabit both plays‘
CAST & CREATIVES
Cast: Nigel Cooke, Stephen Beresford, Christopher Staines, Monica Dolan, Ian Redford, Fritha Goodey, Owen Sharpe, Bella Merlin, Jason Watkins, Jane Wood, Matthew Sim.
Director: Max Stafford-Clark
Designer: Julian McGowan
Lighting: Johanna Town
Music: Paddy Cunneen
Sound: Neil Alexander
Choreographer: Wendy Allnutt
Assistant Director: Matthew Wilde
She Stoops to Conquer / A Laughing Matter was co-produced by Out of Joint & the National Theatre and toured from 17 December 2002 – 19 April 2003 after opening at the Lyttelton.