Wealthy countryman Mr Hardcastle arranges for his daughter Kate to meet Charles Marlow, the son of a rich Londoner, hoping the pair will marry. Unfortunately, the shy Marlow prefers lower class women, finding them less intimidating than women of high society. Kate realises she will have to pretend to be 'common' to get Marlow to woo her, and thus she 'stoops to conquer', by posing as a maid, hoping to put Marlow at his ease so that he will fall for her. Tony Lumpkin, Kate's step-brother and Constance's cousin, plays a trick on Marlow and the confusion and misunderstandings that follow provide the comedy.

She Stoops to Conquer was last presented by APS in 1995. The production was staged in the round at the Digby Hall and was directed by Geoff Lewis. The cast was headed by Kathy Messinger (Kate Hardcastle), Andrew Cross (Marlow), Jennie Ward (Mrs Hardcastle), Graham Baker (Mr Hardcastle), Patricia Stewart (Constance Neville), Simon Manaton (Tony Lumpkin) and Kieran Millar (Hastings). The part of Sir Charles Marlow was played by 'Mr Sherborne', Gerald Pitman.

Poster and cast 1995: Back row: Gerald Pitman, Andrew Cross, Kathy Messinger, Graham Baker, Jennie Ward, Patricia Stewart, Kieran Millar, Simon Manaton.

Front row: Mark Lambert, Jack Tucker, Anthea Watson, Madeline Lambert, David Bowen, John Bowles.

"She Stoops to Conquer is a robust, individual play, lacking both the painful gentility of its contemporaries and the coarseness of Restoration drama. It is a marvellous specimen of comedy, and one that shows a rare genius in the author's use of language, returning to the atmosphere of The Beaux Stratagem and bringing back a breath of genuine humanity to a style of drama that had become stifled with excessive emotions. The plot is recklessly improbable (although it is apprently based on a real life incident that Goldsmith experienced in his schooldays), but is sufficient to maintain the humour of the situation and the patently clear delineation of the characters. The play is noted for its rich characterisation and it contains both bright whimsical humour and charmingly fresh dialogue.
(Geoff Lewis, 1995)

The Digby Hall is located next to Sherborne Library, in the car park just off Hound St.

If the car park is full, there is another one further down Hound St and there may also be parking space4 available in Newland.


November 24th -26th 2017

Tickets £8.00
Students £5.00

Group Bookings
(10 or more) £7.50 pp

Available in early November