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Beaux' Stratagem, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Beaux' Stratagem, The

Ken Ludwig, Thornton Wilder, Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

8m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573650536

Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig’s Adaptation of
THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM
By George Farguhar
"A delightful romp ... A sparklingly funny evening that... plays very well indeed." - Potomac Stages

"A sparkling production ... The dialogue crackles, the characters engage the audience's interest and sympathy, and the whole thing seems almost…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 18th Century

Settings Of Play - Lichfield, England, 1707

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Unit Set/Multiple Settings

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College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

Adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig from the play by George Farquhar. The play tells the story of two young bucks who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next. In Lichfield, Aimwell is the master and Archer the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Kate Sullen. They set their caps for these women, but problems abound. Kate is married to a drunken sot who despises her; the innkeeper's saucy daughter, Cherry, has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda's mother, Lady Bountiful, mistakenly believes herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her daughter like a dragoness; and a band of brigands plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy. This is a play in the great tradition of Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan's The Rivals and The School for Scandal. It is classic, formal, robust and hilarious.


REVIEWS:

"A delightful romp ... A sparklingly funny evening that... plays very well indeed." - Potomac Stages

"A sparkling production ... The dialogue crackles, the characters engage the audience's interest and sympathy, and the whole thing seems almost effortless."—Talkinbroadway.com


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Characters

CASTING

8m, 5f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

BONIFACE - landlord of an inn
CHERRY - the landlord’s daughter
DANIEL - the landlord’s servant
A LADY - set upon by robbers and disconcerted by it
JACK ARCHER - a gentleman of broken fortune, acting as a servant
TOM AIMWELL - a gentleman of broken fortune, acting as his master
GLOSS - a man of two professions, highwayman and clergyman
MRS. KATE SULLEN - Lady Bountiful’s daughter-in-law
DORINDA - Lady Bountiful’s daughter
LADY BOUNTIFUL - a country gentlewoman, foolishly fond of her son
SCRUB - servant to Sullen
A COUNTRY WOMAN - seeking medical advice
SULLEN - Lady Bountiful’s son, brutal to his wife
SERVANTS - serving in the Sullen Household
HOUNSLOW - a highwayman
BAGSHOT - a highwayman
SIR CHARLES FREEMAN - Mrs. Sullen’s brother
FOIGARD - a French parson anxious to perform a wedding
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author(s)
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s ... view full profile

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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