The Beaux' Stratagem - Olivier Theatre, National

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Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

The Beaux' Stratagem

Important Info: Latecomers may be asked to wait in foyer until a suitable break in the performance.

The Olivier National Theatre on South Bank turns its attentions to an 18th century play by George Farquhar as they welcome Simon Godwin to direct The Beaux’ Stratagem. It isn’t often that audiences get the chance to witness centuries-old plays that have not come from the pen of Shakespeare and with The Beaux’ Stratagem they will have the opportunity to see something that originally captured the imaginations of London theatregoers back in 1707 when it premiered in Haymarket, London.

The story centres on the title characters of Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, who once owned fortunes but have since lost their money in London. If they wish to return to a life of financial security they are going to have to settle on their stratagem and this is why they head off to Lichfield, where they hope they can marry into money.

But things are not going to go according to plan and despite their determination to reverse their fortunes and put the shame of failure behind them a series of farcical endeavours look set to stop them in their tracks – not the least of which is love.

The show has been staged on various occasions over the centuries and this includes a previous production at the National Theatre in the 1980s.

This latest version appears under the direction of Simon Godwin, who has previous worked with the National Theatre on productions like Strange Interlude and Man And Superman, whilst also providing work for the likes of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. He is also the Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre who has also directed All The Little Things We Crushed at the Almeida Theatre.

The Beaux’ Stratagem appear in the same year that the South Bank venue welcomes the likes of to the venue, plus The Motherf**ker  With The Hat on the Lyttelton Stage. Audiences can catch it at the Olivier National Theatre from Tuesday 26th May 2015 (previews from Tuesday 19th May 2015).

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 18th September 2015
Booking Until: Sunday, 20th September 2015
Important Info: Latecomers may be asked to wait in foyer until a suitable break in the performance.
Show Status: production_closed
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