Nominated: Best Off West End Production - What's On Stage Awards
Nominated: Best Fringe Production 2011 - TimeOut
Long-listed: Jessica swale - Best Director - Evening Standard Awards
Main House, Southwark Playhouse - 6 September 2011 - 1 October 2011
★★★★ ''Theatrical enterprise like this makes you proud to be British.' The Times
★★★★ 'Witty, spirited and eminently revivable' The Guardian
★★★★ 'Jessica Swale’s ebullient and handsomely presented production' What's On Stage
★★★★ The Independent, Time Out (Critics' Choice), The Evening Standard
Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem, one of the greatest hits of the Georgian stage is given its first major London revival in this production.
In a time when women were second-class citizens, a group of wily women are determined to get their own way…
When, beautiful Letitia Hardy’s betrothed returns from the Grand Tour convinced that English women are dull, she sets out to gain his love with an ingenious scheme to prove him wrong.
Meanwhile, the jealous Sir George Touchwood arrives in town with his new wife, Lady Frances, in tow. It’s not long before two of London’s most rambunctious wits, Miss Ogle and Mrs Rackett, make it their mission to convert her into a lady of fashion.
Director - Jessica Swale
Designer - Simon Kenny
Composer - Laura Forrest-Hay
Lighting Designer - Christopher Nairne
Costume Supervisor - Nicola Fitchett
Assistant Director - Jemma Gross
PR - Susie Safav
Graphic Designer - Rebecca Pitt
Producer - Peter Huntley
in association with Red HandedTheatre Company