At home with the Hardcastles

Filming trailer for Northern Broadsides production of She Stoops to Conquer.  From the left, Howard Chadwick as Mr Hardcastle, Jon Trenchard as Tony Lumpkin and Gilly Tompkins as Mrs Hardcastle.
Filming trailer for Northern Broadsides production of She Stoops to Conquer. From the left, Howard Chadwick as Mr Hardcastle, Jon Trenchard as Tony Lumpkin and Gilly Tompkins as Mrs Hardcastle.
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A witty battle of the sexes, an age-old clash between town and country and a mile-wide gap between the generations - they’re all part of the fun in Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th century classic ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ which is being revived by Northern Broadsides this month.

Set over one very long night at Liberty Hall - the decidedly shabby and unchic home of the Hardcastle family - ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ will be staged at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, from August 29 to September 6, before going on tour.

Directed by Conrad Nelson, the play is a ludicrous romantic romp packed with wit and plenty of big wigs.

Identities are mistaken, toffs fall out with the plebs, and an eligible young bachelor is out-manoeuvred by a smart and sassy young woman.

The cast includes Howard Chadwick as Mr Hardcastle, Jon Trenchard as Tony Lumpkin, Gilly Tompkins and Lauryn Redding as Miss Neville.

Belly laughs and high farce are promised by the theatre company which was founded by Barrie Rutter and has had its base in Halifax since 1992.

‘She Stoops to Conquer’ is at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday, September 6, at 2.30pm.

Box office information is on 01422 255266 (from 10am to 4pm) or visit www.deanclough.com.