Adapted by Beth Flintoff
Written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
16-26 October 2019
Duels, duplicities and disguises abound in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's timeless comedy, The Rivals. Its whirlwind plot revolves around the bookishly romantic Lydia Languish, who adores her lover when she thinks he's a poor ensign but is appalled when he turns out to be a well-connected Captain. Adding to complications, Lydia finds herself beset on all sides by a retinue of eccentric, bumbling suitors and stymied at every turn by her over-bearing, formidable and linguistically-challenged aunt, Mrs. Malaprop.