SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

She Stoops To Conquer Info

The Story

Adapted by Joan Bryans from the Oliver Goldsmith Classic

One of the eighteenth-century’s most enduring comedies, She Stoops to Conquer takes a comedic, often farcical, look at the behavior and marital expectations of the upper classes in England. The play centers around the desire of Hardcastle, a wealthy landowner in the country, for his daughter, Kate Hardcastle, to marry the well-educated Charles Marlow. Together with Marlow’s father, Sir Charles Marlow, they arrange for the younger Marlow to visit the Hardcastle’s house and court Kate.

Kate is less than impressed when she finds out that, despite his otherwise strong, respectable character, Charles is extremely shy and reserved around ladies. She therefore vows to herself that she could never marry him.

Before Charles and his friend, George Hastings, can arrive at the house, they are waylaid by Mr. Hardcastle’s stepson at the local alehouse. A mischievous joker, Tony Lumpkin persuades them that the Hardcastle’s house is, in fact, the local inn. Thus, when Marlow and Hastings arrive, Marlow treats the Hardcastle family with impudence and disrespect, falsely believing them to be servants there.

She Stoops To Conquer FlirtingIn order to get to the bottom of his true character, Kate disguises herself as a maid and comedy ensues as Marlow flirts with the “maid” and disregards her father.

Meanwhile, George Hastings is thrilled to find his true love, Constance Neville, living at the Hardcastle’s house. Through the scheming of Mrs. Hardcastle, she is due to marry Tony, despite their mutual dislike of each other. Finding a way to get out of his marriage, Tony helps Constance to retrieve her inheritance and gets his mother out of the way, dumping her in a local horsepond!

Finally, as Marlow’s father arrives, all is put to right and Charles Marlow is mortified by his behavior. Forgiven by all, the two couples find happiness with each other, and Tony successfully gains his rightful inheritance without an unwanted engagement.

Director’s TALK: She Stoops To Conquer

Joan Bryans has been involved in live theatre as an actress, producer, playwright, and director in both BC and England for way more years than she really cares to remember.
Join her and the cast of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER immediately after the show on Friday, March 2nd  for an informal chat.
Discussions will centre around:
• the music and songs in the production
• the situation in SHE STOOPS – Is it at all imaginable today?  How would it, could it happen?
• the importance of the country vs town distinction
• the challenge of adapting an 18th century play for modern audiences
Joan & Cast will then invite questions from the audience.
There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage. The session will last approximately 20 minutes.
Joan Byrans Director She Stoops To Conque

Fast Facts

 

SHOW TIMES:

Performances are Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm.  Run time is 2 hours 15 min.

 

SHOW RUN:

     February 24th – March 17th, Thursday through Saturday nights with Matinees on March 4th & 11th.
The preview is on Friday, February 23rd, the final dress rehearsal.

 

LOCATION:

     1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Laing Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

TICKET PRICING:

     Tickets are $25 for adults or $22 for seniors and students, with a special every Thursday 2 for $38. Preview performance $15.

 

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

     Wed – Sat 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm & 1 Hour before each show.
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191

 

LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

    Show Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Show Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

PARKING:

     There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro.

 

BUS ROUTES:

     We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

 

CONTACT:     Metro for more information, publicity photos, arrangements for interviews and press tickets.

Press Release:

This is a boisterous fast moving mélange of misunderstandings, love and silly comedy

Metro Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of a new adaptation by Joan Bryans of Oliver Goldsmith’s classic.

The much beloved 18th century “laughing comedy” revolves around Charles Marlow, a young bachelor who brims with confidence when dallying with working-class women but becomes a shivering bundle of nerves in the presence of high-born ladies. Travelling to the home of his father’s associate Mr. Hardcastle. Marlow and his friend Hastings are tricked into thinking that Mr. Hardcastle is a common innkeeper.While at the “inn,” Marlow unexpectedly runs into Kate, the woman his father wants him to marry. He’s so terrified, though, he can’t even look at her. So Kate decides to don the unthreatening guise of a barmaid, stooping in social status to conquer his heart. A series of ridiculous intrigues, more pranks and an unexpected visit from Marlow’s father compound the zany plot resulting in more foolish foppish fun.

Director Joan Bryans has yearned to direct She Stoops to Conquer for ages considering it to be one of the brightest gems in the crown of British Comedy.  Joan describes the play as fresh, spirited and blissfully funny. 

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

MR HARDCASTLE……………….. Scott Alpen
MRS HARDCASTLE……………….. Sarah Arnold
GEORGE HASTINGS……………….. Andrew Baker
CONSTANCE NEVILLE……………….. Alyssa Hanson-Smith
TONY LUMPKIN……………….. Matt Ireland
STANG / THOMAS……………….. Gordon Law
CHARLES MARLOW……………….. Alexander Lowe
MUGGINS / ROGER / JEREMY……… Mark “Sparky” MacDonald
CHARLIE / DIGGORY / JAMES……………….. Max McGee
SIR CHARLES / STINGO……………….. Peter Robbins
HANNAH / BAR WENCH……………….. Alisen Santa Ana
KATE HARDCASTLE……………….. Deborah Vieyra

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR……………….. Joan Bryans
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR……………….. Frances Herzer
MUSIC DIRECTOR……………….. Pat Unruh
MUSICIANS: ENSEMBLE ABSINTHE… Edgar Bridwell (violin); Anne Duranceau (double bass); Pat Unruh (bass violin)
MOVEMENT COACH……………….. Allyson Riley
PRODUCTION MANAGER……………….. Alison Schamberger
STAGE MANAGER……………….. Nancy Caldwell
ASSIST STAGE MANAGER/PROPERTIES…… Barbara Walsh
COSTUME DESIGNER……………….. Catherine E Carr
SET DESIGNER……………….. Sean Malmas
LIGHTING DESIGNER……………….. Mathew Piton
SOUND DESIGNER………………. Calvin Baker
GENERAL MANAGER……………….. Les Erskine
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR……………….. Jamie Horsley
HEAD CARPENTER……………….. Robin Richardson
SCENIC PAINTING/SET DECORATION……Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
REHEARSAL PHOTOGRAPHY……………….. Nancy Caldwell
GRAPHIC DESIGN……………….. Barbara LaBounta
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske