Starring James Marsters, this classic comedy of manners from 1773 is still widely performed and studied. Love, lies, and dysfunctional families. Sound like your last family gathering? Try this one on for laughs. Two randy young gents, Charles and George, set out to woo the alluring and upper-crust Kate and Constance. But inexperienced Charles is shy and clumsy around upper-class ladies, so it’s the barmaid who catches his eye. But is she really who she seems? Bawdy high-jinx, popped pretensions, and good dirty fun are the hallmarks of this romping frolic that’s kept audiences laughing for over two centuries.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order): Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Hardcastle; Adam Godley as Tony Lumpkin; Julian Holloway as Elder Marlow/Stingo; James Marsters as Charles Marlow; Christopher Neame as Roger; Paula Jane Newman as Bet Bouncer/Pimple; Ian Ogilvy as Mr. Hardcastle; Moira Quirk as Constance Neville; Darren Richardson as Diggory/Jeremy; Joanne Whalley as Kate Hardcastle; and Matthew Wolf as George Hastings. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in June 2010.
Public Domain (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works
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I love old and Restoration theater and you can't do better than this production of "She Stoops to Conquer." First of all, the story is a lot of fun. Then, second to that, the performances in this version are absolutely flawless and wonderful. It is such a delight and so much fun to listen to!!!! I compare this to a BBC version 50 or 60 years ago, and this is superior. If you enjoy a play with fun characters and wonderful situations and dialogue, you will really enjoy this.
I just love all the performances and interplays between characters. They hold up as realistic characters even with these times, and all the dialogue is so witty and fun!
No, I love listening to "She Stoops to Conquer" in smaller segments, over and over. I usually listen when going to bed or walking my dog and this version is absolutely wonderful to listen to then or anytime!
Great fun! I love listening to this over and over.
Funny, classic, romantic.
For a play that debuted in London in 1773 it is still funny and easy to follow.
Charles Marlow was my favorite.
This recording made me laugh.
All the actors did a great job transporting the listener to that place in time.
A wonderful 18th Century comedy, well performed and well-written. I had the pleasure of performing this play recently and it is hilarious, as long as archaic British humor isn't lost on you. The formalities of the aristocracy are laid bare and made fun of through Marlow's idiosyncrasies and how the other characters react to them as well as the differences between the aristocratic class and the lower class and how perception alters the way people communicate. If you enjoy the British theater, this is a must.
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