Oliver Goldsmith’s delightful eighteenth-century comedy, She Stoops to Conquer, is coming to Eastbourne.
With a plethora of mistakes and misunderstandings, the show creates a heart-warming and hilarious evening of classic theatre.
Touring venues around the UK, the play comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre from April 29 to May 3.
The play is presented by the innovative theatre company, Creative Cow, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
Charles Marlow, a well-bred young man from London, is beset with a stutter and a quiver when in the presence of elegant and educated young women.
When his father sets him up with his old friend’s eligible daughter, he is totally tongue tied – but Miss Hardcastle is charmed by her gibbering suitor and employs an unexpected tactic to put him at his ease.
Meanwhile, the ridiculous muppet, Tony Lumpkin, on meeting Marlow and his dashing friend Hastings, leads them to believe that old Mr Hardcastle’s country house is actually an inn and the man of the house is the inn keeper.
Mayhem and confusion ensue as the young men demand to be waited upon by a bewildered and increasingly outraged host.
Actor and founder member of Creative Cow Theatre Company, Katherine Senior, commented: “She Stoops to Conquer is a fabulous piece of classical comedy.
“You see bits of the plot used again and again in today’s sit-coms, proving how brilliant and insightful Goldsmith’s writing was.
“We love presenting this kind of good, comic and classical work and delighting our audiences around the country and in Eastbourne we are very lucky to always have such warm and jolly audiences. ”
Creative Cow is a professional touring theatre company founded in 2007 and thus called as it was conceived on a cattle farm in Devon, where productions are managed and rehearsed before touring.
The company’s huge successes to date have included Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Brandon Thomas’s Charley’s Aunt, Dickens’ Hard Times, Harold Pinter’s The Lover, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger and Sheridan’s The Rivals, among others.
She Stoops to Conquer can be seen at Devonshire Park Theatre between April 29 and May 3 (matinee Weds and Sat).
For tickets and information, phone 01323 412000 or visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.