It has been announced that Selina Cadell will direct a new production of The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan at the Arcola Theatre.
240 years after it was first performed, the show will run in Studio 1 from Wednesday 15th October.
The cast will be lead by Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary) as Mrs Malaprop. The company is completed by: Nick Le Prevost (Sir Anthony Absolute), Ian Batchelor (Captain Jack Absolut), Adam Jackson-Smith (Faulkland), Justin Edwards (Bob Acres), Adrian McLoughlin (Sir Lucius O'Trigger/ Thomas), Carl Prekopp (Fag/David), Jenny Rainsford (Lydia Languish), Justine Mitchell (Julia Melvill) and Hannah Stokely (Lucy).
When Town meets Country in the summer streets of Bath, Society begins to play. The stakes are Money, Reputation and Inheritance. Amidst frolic and deceit, we discover secret assignations and disguises, resulting in duels, duplicities, misunderstandings and misalliances. And the much-admired Lydia Languish – our heroine - is at the centre of it all while her Aunt, the infamous Mrs. Malaprop, adds gloriously to the confusion with her hilarious and nonsensical misuse of words.
Against this whirlwind backdrop, Sheridan, the master of wit and epigram, leads us laughing into his charming party – and welcomes us to a true Comedy of Manners.
The Rivals is directed by Selina Cadell with set design by Emma Bailey, costume design by Ros Ebbutt and lighting design by Tom Boucher. It is produced by the Arcola Theatre.