She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith

directed by Philippa Taylor

Performed at

Mottisfont Abbey


21st to 28th July 1984 (except Monday 23rd)

Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith was born in Pallas, Ireland, but was of English extraction. He was the son of a farmer and clergyman who, like the toads and snakes, did not thrive in that country. The elder Mr Goldsmith’s income was scarce sufficient to allow the young Oliver a basic education and it was only through the beneficence of his wealthier relations that he was able to attend Trinity College, in the City of Dublin, where he was granted his degree. As evidence of his hunger for education (or at least his hunger), we are told that Master Goldsmith took the most menial of employments, whilst at Trinity, to supplement his income and continue his studies. Subsequently, Mister Goldsmith travelled to Edinburgh where he spent two years studying medicine, and then set off to travel Europe for nearly six years. Some might suggest that six months spent travelling Europe shows a healthy interest in Geography, whilst six years is the sign of a wastrel. Mr Goldsmith was not idle during his European sojourn, however. Apart from the likelihood that the young artist was first touched by the Muse in Vienna or Rome, it was during this period that he obtained his doctorate (The management wish to repudiate the suggestion made by Dr Goldsmith’s jealous enemies, that he never obtained a doctorate at all).

On returning to these shores, Dr Goldsmith practised his knowledge of healing, for a short while, as a humble apothecary’s assistant, but later found employment with a firm of booksellers who, it must be said, failed to appreciate his talents.

Dr Goldsmith’s literary acheivements include his famed novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, and his other plays are The Good Natured Man and The Grumbler, neither of which, alas, have enjoyed great acclaim.

Amongst his famous friends and associates is Dr Samuel Johnson, to whom tonight’s play was dedicated.

Mrs Hardcastle Mollie Manns
Mr Hardcastle David Pike
Tony Lumpkin Mr Brian Stansbridge
Kate Hardcastle Carol Clark
Landlord Ralph Coombs
Constance Neville Angela Stansbridge
Marlow James Smith
Hastings James Oliver
Diggory Kenneth Spencer
Roger Becket Pennington-Legh
Pimple Enid Clark
Sir Charles Marlo Peter Neve
Servants, Fellows, Drunkards, Etc. Peter White, Derek Sealy, Harry Manns, Graham Buchanan
For the Maskers:
Directed by Philippa Taylor
Assistant Director Lynda Edwards
Technical Director Ron Tillyer
Stage Manager Kenneth Spencer
Assistant Stage Manager Imogen Hobbs
Lighting Clive Weeks
Assisted by Lawrie Gee, Alan Rolfe, Alan Clark, Pete Scrutton
Sound Angela Barks
Properties Mistress Sonia Morris
Assisted by Sarah Willis
Wardrobe Mistresses Christine Baker, Lillian Gunstone
Publicity Michael Patterson
Business Management Graham Buchanan
Pantry Mistress Meri Lawther
Assisted by Sue Robinson Julia Patterson
Cellarmaster & Mistress Ann & Becket Pennington-Legh
Car Parking David Pankhurst
Box Office Sylvia Pankhurst


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The Review
David Pike, Carol Clark
Mollie Manns, James Oliver
James Smith, David Pike and James Oliver
James Oliver, Angela Stansbridge
James Oliver
James Smith and Carol Clark
Brian Stansbridge and Mollie Manns
Harry Manns, Jean Durman
David Pike
Carol Clark
James Oliver and Mollie Manns
Harry Manns
Ken Spencer, James Oliver
James Oliver, James Smith
Hazel Burrows, James Smith
Brian Stansbridge, Molly Manns
Harry Manns, Graham Buchanan, Derek Sealy, Becket Pennington-Legh and Ken Spencer
James Smith and Carol Clark
James Smith, Jean Durman
David Pike
Mollie Manns
James Oliver and Jim Smith
David Pike and Ken Spencer
Mollie Manns and James Oliver
Hazel Burrows and Brian Stansbridge
Mollie Mann
Beckett Penington-Legh, Hazel Burrows and Brian Stansbridge
Jim Smith and Carol Clark

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