National Theatre Live:
She Stoops to Conquer
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by Oliver Goldsmith
One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family.
Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal's son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he's mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid. The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality he's a charmer with those of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle's indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle's appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues.
'Fresh, spirited and blissfully funny.' Daily Telegraph
'Joyous stuff.' Evening Standard
★★★★ 'A delight.' Independent
★★★★ 'Leaves the theatre echoing with the sound of the audience's happiness.' Guardian
★★★★ 'A great night of high English comedy.' Daily Telegraph
★★★★ 'Played with lip-smacking relish.' Financial Times
★★★★★ STARS for She Stoops to Conquer. 'Goldsmith's tightly plotted play seems wonderfully youthful in this fizzy production.' This Is London