Dr Rebecca Bailey reports on a very lively theatre trip to see ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
16th October 2014
Theatre enthusiasts from across the English course enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Cheltenham Everyman last week when Northern Broadsides gave a sparkling performance of Oliver Goldsmith’s exuberant comedy, ‘She Stoops to Conquer’.
Tony Lumpkin, played by Jon Trenchard, stole the show with an irrepressible eighteenth-century zaniness – creating the outrageous ‘mistakes of the night’ before deftly offering resolution. The costumes were fabulous, embodied by Mrs Hardcastle’s wild orange wig and ludicrous leopard print Georgian gown, which perfectly matched Gilly Tomkin’s brilliant portrayal of an outlandish, overly-protective mother. Equally impressive were the musical interludes which deftly enhanced the performance and added to the jollity of the occasion.