The last performance of She Stoops to Conquer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre had the audience laughing until the very end.
The production was adapted from Oliver Goldsmith’s (aka James Willington) original play which was first performed in 1773 just one year before his early death.
She Stoops to Conquer is an hilarious story about identity misunderstanding which takes place at the hands of the eccentric character Tony Lumpkin.
Lumpkin uses his eccentricity to confuse Marlow and Hastings who come up North from London for Marlow to meet Miss Hardcastle, Lumpkin’s sister, upon the request of his father.
Jon Trenchard who plays Tony Lumpkin is absolutely brilliant and portrayed the malicious, scheming brother in what can only be described as perfection and without a doubt made the show.
The rest of the cast included the talents of Andrew Price, Oliver Gomm, Howard Chadwick, Guy Lewis and many other actors who all brought to life their respective characters in the best way possible.
The actors who played the servants of the household were outstandingly hilarious and even with few lines they still managed to make their performance watchable.
The performance was produced by the national production theatre company Northern Broadsides and the live music and songs throughout reinforced the talented cast of this production company.
The play used a simple set design that changed during musical interludes and the costumes of each character showed the era in which it was set from the large hair and dresses
The use of dialogue brought to life the North/South divide which, for anyone born and bred up North, will find truly amusing.
Despite this being the last performance of the brilliant play, the theatre was still full which shows the reputation that a Northern Broadsides production has.
She Stoops to Conquer will have you laughing from start to finish and would advise anyone and everyone to watch a Northern Broadsides performance as they are definitely worth a watch.
Theatre: Stephen Joseph Theatre
Director: Conrad Nelson
Writer: Oliver Goldsmith
Cast: Andrew Price, Oliver Gomm, Howard Chadwick, Guy Lewis, Jon Trenchard, Andrew Whitehead, Robert Took, Gilly Tompkins, Hannah Edwards, Lauryn Redding, Alan McMahon