Social climber and “pineapple of politeness” Mrs Malaprop is determined to make her drama queen niece Lydia Languish a fortuitous match. Enter the inconveniently wealthy Captain Jack Absolute who, in an attempt to fulfil Lydia’s romantic ambition to marry into poverty, disguises himself as a poor soldier - with hilarious consequences.
The Rivals is an elegant comedy of manners set in a world of dress up and complex social etiquette bordering on the absurd. It was inspired by Sheridan’s own romantic entanglements which fed the gossip-mongers of his day with endless scandal and tittle-tattle.
Citizens Artistic Director Dominic Hill brings his distinctive creative style, honouring the subversive, outlandish, tongue-in-cheek spirit of the play, to this co-production with Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.
The production opened at Bristol Old Vic and tours to Liverpool before playing at the Citizens Theatre.
The Rivals is supported by Friends of the Citizens
Recommended for 12+
Preview 2 Nov, 7.30pm
Audio Described 12 Nov, 2.30pm
Signed 11 Nov, 7.30pm
Captioned 12 Nov, 2.30pm
Guide Dogs welcome
“In its bold casualness it’s ingenious and insouciant, observing the time-honoured subversive spirit of the play and ensuring that everything feels like it’s happening in the moment” The Telegraph ★★★★★
“a mighty flurry of wigs, face-powder, and heartfelt gender politics” The Scotsman★★★★★
“The Rivals is an uproarious production with a script as sharp as ever, bolstered by a terrific cast” Bristol Post ★★★★★
“This may be a period comedy but there is nothing modern in the country to rival it at the moment” The Daily Record ★★★★
“True to Sheridan and alive to today, this is a delight” The Times ★★★★
“fun in spades” WhatsOnStage ★★★★
Cast & Creative Team
Creative Team Writer - Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director - Dominic Hill Designer - Tom Rogers Lighting - Howard Hudson Original music by - Dan Jones
Desmond Barrit- Sir Anthony Absolute Nicholas Bishop - Faulkland Lucy Briggs-Owen - Lydia Languish Lily Donovan - Lucy Keith Dunphy - Sir Lucius O'Trigger Henry Everett - David / Coachman Jessica Hardwick - Julia Melville Julie Legrand - Mrs Malaprop Lee Mengo - Bob Acres Shaun Miller - Fag Rhys Rusbatch - Jack Absolute