The Mistakes of the Night
Fortunately, there were no “mistakes” on Tuesday 7th of October when sixth form literature students headed to Cheltenham to see Goldsmith’s perennially popular and classic comedy of manners, She Stoops to Conquer.
The play is full of comic ruses that unfold one night at a country house. An ambitious step-mother, impassioned sweethearts, a pragmatic father and a pair of star-crossed lovers are set spinning through a hilarious comedy of errors by the flippant and fun-loving Tony Lumpkin. The ultimate dysfunctional family living in rural Warwickshire in the late 1700s.
All of the above were enough to keep a twenty-first century audience entertained and prepare our students for studying the text for A’level. As Mr Hardcastle would say, “we appreciated all that was old.”