The production will begin performances at the Richmond based theatre from the 18th November.

The Orange Tree Theatre has confirmed casting for its upcoming production of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer which will be directed by Tom Littler with Francesca Ellis.

Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds will lead the cast  as Charles Marlow and Kate Hardcastle, with David Horovitch and Greta Scacchi as Mr and Mrs Hardcastle, joined by Sabrina Bartlett, Richard Derrington, Guy Hughes, and Robert Mountford.

Christmas at Hardcastle Hall. David Horovitch (Miss Marple, Mr Turner) and Emmy Award-winning Greta Scacchi (Heat and Dust, White Mischief, War and Peace) play Mr and Mrs Hardcastle, who have rather different ideas of the perfect Christmas. She craves cool jazz and cocktails; he wants a warm fire and the company of his bookish daughter Kate. Kate Hardcastle (Tanya Reynolds, Sex Education, A Mirror) can’t wait to meet her intended fiancé, Charles Marlow (Olivier Award nominee Freddie Fox, The Great, Slow Horses, House of the Dragon). But when Marlow is stricken with nerves, Kate must act fast. 

Meanwhile, confusion reigns. Kate’s friend Constance (Sabrina Bartlett, Bridgerton, The Larkins, While the Sun Shines) is trying to steal her own diamonds to run off to France with her dim-witted beau, Hastings (Robert Mountford, Spike, The Habit of Art, UK Theatre Award nominee). Tony Lumpkin (Guy Hughes, Cyrano, The Little Matchgirl) has tricked the visitors into believing that Hardcastle Hall is a pub. And Diggory (Richard Derrington, The Tempest, The Archers) is rapidly proving to be the worst butler in the world.

Talking about the news Artistic Director Tom Littler said: “We are delighted to welcome such a tremendous company for Oliver Goldsmith’s heartwarming and hilarious play. Two hundred and fifty years since it premiered, it remains one of the liveliest, sharpest, and most generous plays in the canon. She Stoops to Conquer brought laughter back into the 18th century theatre, but it also introduced a new level of acute psychology and paved the way for Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and more.”

The production will feature set and costumes by Neil Irish and Anett Black; lighting by Jonathan Chan; music and sound by Tom Attwood and movement by Julia Cave.

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