Cast announced for 250th anniversary production of She Stoops to Conquer at Orange Tree Theatre

Orange Tree Theatre (OT) has revealed the cast for Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer.

A 250th anniversary production of the glorious comedy of misunderstanding runs at the London venue from 18 November 2023 – 6 January 2024.

Making up the cast are Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds as Charles Marlow and Kate Hardcastle, with David Horovitch and Greta Scacchi as Mr and Mrs Hardcastle.

They’re joined by Sabrina Bartlett, Richard Derrington, Guy Hughes and Robert Mountford.

Artistic Director Tom Littler, who helms the production with Francesca Ellis, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a tremendous company for Oliver Goldsmith’s heartwarming and hilarious play.

“Two hundred and fifty years since it premiered, it remains one of the liveliest, sharpest, and most generous plays in the canon. She Stoops to Conquer brought laughter back into the 18th century theatre, but it also introduced a new level of acute psychology and paved the way for Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and more.”

Christmas at Hardcastle Hall. David Horovitch and Emmy Award-winning Greta Scacchi play Mr and Mrs Hardcastle, who have rather different ideas of the perfect Christmas. She craves cool jazz and cocktails; he wants a warm fire and the company of his bookish daughter Kate. Kate Hardcastle can’t wait to meet her intended fiancé, Charles Marlow. But when Marlow is stricken with nerves, Kate must act fast.

Meanwhile, confusion reigns. Kate’s friend Constance is trying to steal her own diamonds to run off to France with her dim-witted beau, Hastings. Tony Lumpkin has tricked the visitors into believing that Hardcastle Hall is a pub. And Diggory is rapidly proving to be the worst butler in the world.

OT Artistic Director Tom Littler, with Francesca Ellis, directs an all-star cast in the 250th anniversary production of Oliver Goldsmith’s glorious comedy of misunderstanding. A riot of mistaken identities and marital mishaps is relocated to a 1930s country house world of Jeeves and Wooster.

The show has set and costume design by Neil Irish and Anett Black, lighting design by Jonathan Chan, music and sound design by Tom Attwood and movement design by Julia Cave.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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