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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. First performed in 1707.Performers Esh Alladi, Samuel Barnett (Aimwell), Jamie Beamish, Pippa Bennett-Warner (Dorinda), Jane Booker, Cornelius Clarke, Susannah Fielding (Mrs Sullen), Molly Gromadzki, John Hastings, Richard Henders, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chris Kelham, Nicholas Khan, Barbara Kirby, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Pearce Quigley, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Mark Rose, Chook Sibtain, Geoffrey Streatfeild (Archer), Timothy Watson.
Author George Farquhar. Producer National Theatre. Director Simon Godwin. Design Lizzie Clachan. Lighting Jon Clark. Director Jonathan Goddard (movement). Music Michael Bruce. Sound Christopher Shutt. Music Michael Bruce.
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