The Beaux' Stratagem

Olivier Theatre, National
West End

The 'Beaux': Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their 'Stratagem': to marry for money.

George Farquhar
Simon Godwin
The Beaux' Stratagem Schedule
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 19 May, 2015
Booking to: 
Sunday, 20 September, 2015
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review

As Restoration Comedies go, Farquhar's late addition to the canon seems accessible and in many respects rather progressive. His cynicism about the charms of matrimony will resound with many audience members, and the pro-feminist message of being able to love who you wish, with the possibility to escape from an unhappy marriage would have certainly been shocking to his contemporaries.

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