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The Rivals

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  • Booking From:
  • 10-Nov-2010
  • Booking Until:
  • 26-Feb-2011
  • Running Time:
  • 2 hours 40 mins
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The Rivals Tickets

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT

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It's 1775 and the fashionable world descends on Bath, to take the waters, show off their finery, enjoy the gossip and pursue romance. Amongst them are some of the most extraordinary comic characters to grace the stage: the verbally misguided Mrs Malaprop, her absurdly romantic niece, Lydia Languish, the blinkered Sir Anthony Absolute, the blustering Irishman Sir Lucius O' Trigger and the bumpkin Bob Acres. Throughout the course of a single day these suitors and schemers and their servants indulge in an assortment of hilariously extravagant intrigues before everyone is paired off to their own satisfaction.

Much-loved actress Penelope Keith plays Mrs Malaprop. Her previous theatre work includes Entertaining Angels, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Relatively Speaking and Blithe Spirit and The Good Life on television.

Peter Bowles is one of Britain's most distinguished actors whose starring roles on television include The Bounder and The Irish RM. Previous theatre credits include Separate Tables, School For Wives, The Misanthrope, Major Barbara and most recently The Browning Version and Swansong directed by Peter Hall.

Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm

Theatre Venue: Theatre Royal Haymarket
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
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Probably the world's most beautiful theatre. They have been staging the country's finest productions and playing host to generations of its most illustrious actors for nearly three hundred years. When you come, look out for Buckstone, a friend of Charles Dickens and manager of the Haymarket from 1853-1879, whose ghost is still seen in the auditorium and dressing rooms, keeping an eye on his beloved Haymarket.

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