REP stoops to conquer audiences with classic play

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“MENZIES WAS NOT a person who stooped to conquer,” former Prime Minister John Howard recently  told a Radio National interviewer.

Elaine Noon (Mrs Hardcastle) and  Jonathan Pearson(Mr Hardcastle
Elaine Noon (Mrs Hardcastle) and Jonathan Pearson(Mr Hardcastle

It just shows how the title of Oliver Goldsmith’s play, “She Stoops to Conquer” has entered the vernacular,  and now in the fourth production for Canberra REP’s 2016-17 season, the classic piece will be staged at Theatre 3 by  Tony Turner.

Production manager Marya Glyn-Daniel is in a of excitement about the venue, emailing us with promises of: “Men in Tights; Women in corsets: Devious Landlord; Mischief Afoot; Mistaken Identity; Midnight Getaway; Plotting; Pranks; Fortune in Jewellery; Crossed Lovers; Lusting Lovers; Thwarted Romance” and much more.

George Pulley (Young Marlow), and Teig Sadhana (George Hastings)
George Pulley (Young Marlow), and Teig Sadhana (George Hastings)A classic comedy of manners, “She Stoops to Conquer” has remained on stages  for over two centuries. Set, like all good classics,  in one night, it is based on one simple twisting of the truth.

Plots are hatched  at The Three Pigeons Inn when  two young men, Charles and George attempt to woo Kate and Constance and, as they say in showbiz, an elaborate tale unfolds.

The creative team includes Turner, Kate Blackhurst, Carmen King, Cate Clelland, Anna Senior, Stephen Still, Tim Sekuless and Brenton Warren.

There’s a cast of  thousands, not least   Zoe Priest (Kate Hardcastle), George Pulley (Young Marlow), Kate Harris (Constance Neville),Teig Sadhana (George Hastings), Elaine Noon (Mrs Hardcastle), Jonathan Pearson(Mr Hardcastle), Adam Salter (Tony Lumpkin), Anthony Ives (Sir Charles Marlow), Paul Jackson (Stingo the Landlord), Patricia Manley (Pimple the maid), Dale Stam (Diggory).

The supporting servants and alehouse fellows are played by  Karin Einaus, Grace Jasinski, Rina Onorato, Daniel Tonon, Jan Smith and Imogen Thomas.

“She Stoops to Conquer”, at Theatre 3, Acton,  September 22 (preview)  – October 8, bookings to canberrarep.org.au  or 6257 1950. 30 years  and under:  all shows $20 – walk ups only.

Photos courtesy of Helen Drum. 

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