The Rivals poster RGB


by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

23 March – 1 April 2023 at 8pm; Matinée: Saturday 1 April at 2.30pm

Tickets: £12 on opening night; £14 on all subsequent performances

Tickets on sale to the public: 28 December 2022

One of the best-known 18th century comedies of manners, Sheridan’s first play, and still his most popular. Lydia Languish, a young woman from a good family, holds to an impossible romantic ideal of love, and resolves only to marry a pauper. So Jack Absolute pretends to be a poor soldier in order to win her hand. Meanwhile, Jack’s father is attempting to procure the match through the proper channel of Lydia’s guardian, and Jack becomes a rival to himself, before he is finally challenged to duels by rival suitors in both his identities…

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Sir Anthony Absolute tbc
Captain Jack Absolute tbc
Faulkland tbc
Bob Acres tbc
Sir Lucius O’Trigger   tbc
Fag   tbc
David   tbc
Coachman   tbc
Mrs Malaprop   tbc
Lydia Languish   tbc
Julia Melville   tbc
Lucy   tbc
Director Tony Richardson