The Rivals WEB


by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

23 March – 1 April 2023 at 8pm; Matinée: Saturday 1 April at 2.30pm

Tickets: £12 on opening night; £14 on all subsequent performances

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One of the best-known 18th century comedies of manners, Sheridan’s first play, and still his most popular. Lydia Languish, a young woman from a good family, holds to an impossible romantic ideal of love, and resolves only to marry a pauper. So Jack Absolute pretends to be a poor soldier in order to win her hand. Meanwhile, Jack’s father is attempting to procure the match through the proper channel of Lydia’s guardian, and Jack becomes a rival to himself, before he is finally challenged to duels by rival suitors in both his identities…

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Sir Anthony Absolute Peter Damesick
Captain Jack Absolute Bram Stein
Faulkland Jay Rolfe
Bob Acres Robin Clark
Sir Lucius O’Trigger   Jamie Heath
Fag   Chris Hearn
David   John Shepherd 
Tomás   Rubén Remón
Mrs Malaprop   Heather Wain
Lydia Languish   Jen Allum
Julia Melville   Lucinda Banton
Lucy   Pamela Cuthill
Servants and Maids   Ted Cullen
    Joshua Lewis
    Dillon Patel
    Saria Simbo
Director Tony Richardson