The Beaux Stratagem

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National Theatre Live

The Beaux Stratagem

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 10 October - 15 October 2015

By George Farquhar

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

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, 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 and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

Captured live in London and screened at Riverside Theatres.

Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Distributor: Sharmill Films

Dates & Times:
Saturday 10 October 10am
Sunday 11 October 1pm
Thursday 15 October 10am


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NTLive SharmillFilms

★★★★ – “It’s sharp. Beautifully revived. A treat.” – The Times

★★★★ – “Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining.” – Observer

★★★★ – “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


Esh Alladi
Samuel Barnett
Jamie Beamish
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Jane Booker
Cornelius Clarke
Susannah Fielding
Molly Gromadzki
John Hastings
Richard Henders
Lloyd Hutchinson
Chris Kelham
Nicholas Khan
Barbara Kirby
Ana-Maria Maskell
Amy Morgan
Pearce Quigley
Mark Rose
Chook Sibtain
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Timothy Watston


Simon Goodwin

Lizzie Clachan

Lighting Designer:
Jon Clark

Movement Directior:
Jonathan Goddard

Michael Bruce

Sound Designer:
Christopher Shutt

Fight Directior:
Kevin McCurdy

Dialect Coach:
Michaela Kennen.


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Approximately 180 minutes

Ticket Prices

Sidekicks Adult $22
Sidekicks Concession $19
Adult $25
Concession $22
F/T Student $15
Child Under 16 $15

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00