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The Rivals

Frequently described as one of the plays on which modern day theatre is founded, Sheridan’s classic comedy satirises the manners and affectations of the well-to-do class in the 1700’s.

Set in Bath, the convoluted story centres on two main characters (Lydia and Jack) in search of perfect love. The path of true love rarely runs smooth as Jack and Lydia discover with the introduction of various other suitors. Enter Jeff as Bob Acres, a wonderfully buffoonish country gentleman. The play is full of furious fathers, interfering guardians, dandies and duels.

The Rivals enjoyed a three week run at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in January 1972 and also starred Amanda Reiss and the incomparable Peggy Mount as Mrs Malaprop.