‘Exuberant. Deliciously modern. This Restoration romp is a lot of fun.’ – Time Out

Simon Godwin directs the fabulous period comedy THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM by George Farquhar, screened via National Theatre Live at Cinema Nouveau theatres countrywide from Saturday, 03 October, for eight shows only.
The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, played by Samuel Barnett (The History Boys) and Geoffrey Streatfeild (Spooks) are two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield.
Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.
But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and Mrs Sullen (Susannah Fielding), they are most at risk for, in love, they might be truly discovered.
Samuel Barnett’s credits include the original cast of The History Boys at the NT, in the West End, Broadway, and on screen; Twelfth Night and Richard III(Shakespeare’s Globe, West End and Broadway, Tony Award nomination) and on television, Twenty Twelve and Not Safe for Work.
Pippa Bennett-Warner’s theatre work includes The Swan and Caroline or Change for the NT, The Witness (Royal Court), and Richard II and King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse.
Susannah Fielding’s work includes Much Ado About Nothing, Philistines and The Rose Tattoo at the NT, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice for the RSC and at the Almeida Theatre.
Geoffrey Streatfeild’s credits include Children of the Sun, Earthquakes in London, The Pains of Youth and The History Boys at the NT, My Night With Reg(Donmar Warehouse and West End), Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and for television, The Hollow Crown, The Thick of It and Spooks.
For the National Theatre, Simon Godwin has directed Strange Interlude and Man and Superman, screened recently at Cinema Nouveau. His workelsewhere includes Richard II for Shakespeare’s Globe, Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC, Regeneration (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton/UK tour) and The Winter’s Tale (Headlong/Nuffield Theatres); and for Bristol Old Vic, where he is an Associate Artist, The Little Mermaid,Krapp’s Last Tape/A Kind Of Alaska, The Faith Healer and Far Away.
The full cast is Esh Alladi, Samuel Barnett, Jamie Beamish, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jane Booker, Cornelius Clarke, Susannah Fielding, Molly Gromadzki, John Hastings, Richard Henders, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chris Kelham, Nicholas Khan, Barbara Kirby, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Pearce Quigley, Mark Rose, Chook Sibtain, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Timothy Watson.
The production is designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Jonathan Goddard, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt.
‘Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining.’ – Observer
View the trailer for THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM here:
Watch an interview with the cast and director here
THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM releases on South African screens from Saturday, 03 October for eight shows only: 03, 07, 08, 10, 14 and 15 October at 19:30and on 04 and 11 October at 14:30 – only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.  The running time of this production is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.
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Forthcoming productions from NT Live, to be screened at Cinema Nouveau, include:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of Shakespeare’s HAMLET, to be screened from 07 November
  • Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE, to be screened from 23 January 2016
  • Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, to be screened from 19 March 2016
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