National Theatre Live: The Beaux' Stratagem

★★★★ "Exuberant. Deliciously modern." Time Out ★★★★ "Exhilarating." Guardian ★★★★ "Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining" Observer


By George Farquhar

Starring Samuel Barnett, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Susannah Fielding

Directed by Simon Godwin

Screening from October 10, 2015


★★★★ ‘Fresh and assured. This Restoration comedy has japes aplenty. Winning performances from Susannah Fielding and Geoffrey Streatfeild.’ Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Exuberant. Deliciously modern. This Restoration romp is a lot of fun.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘An English comedy that moves from Restoration mode into a new age, and Simon Godwin and his cast work it beautifully. Samuel Barnett is perfectly cast as Aimwell.’ Financial Times

★★★★ ‘Exhilarating. Simon Godwin’s production maintains a perfect balance between serious comment and exuberant fun.’ Guardian

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell (Samuel Barnett, The History Boys) and Mr Archer (Geoffrey Streatfeild), two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.

Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and Mrs Sullen (Susannah Fielding) they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.


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