What the Farquhar?!?
Two wild comedies of love and cash from the quill of 18th century Irish playwright, George Farquhar.
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The Beaux’ Stratgem
Directed by Claudia Barrie
The Beaux of the title, Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, are 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.
It’s with the promise of money, glory and adventure that Captain Plume is recruiting the men of Shrewsbury for the King’s army. He’s also determined to make a conquest of Sylvia, but as she’s now an heiress she can afford to put him to the test. All the while, the scheming Melinda is toying with the affections of Captain Brazen and the gentleman Mr Worthy.
From military manoeuvring to sexual strategies, Farquhar’s triumphant play, written in 1706, is an unashamed celebration of love, lustiness and victory in battle and in the bedroom.