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She Stoops to Conquer

By Oliver Goldsmith

This much-loved, romping comedy of mistaken identity was performed from 22–27 July 2013 as part of the Abbeyfest at Merton Abbey Mills in the Colour House Theatre.


Country gentleman Mr Hardcastle has arranged a visit from his old friend’s son, Charles Marlow, in the hope that young Marlow will hit it off with his daughter, Kate.

On the way, Marlow and his friend, George Hastings, become lost during their journey and stop at an alehouse for directions where they are misdirected to Hardcastle Hall as an inn!  The subsequent misunderstandings include Kate being taken as a serving maid, by Marlow, who is a stumbling idiot around women of his own class,  Kate, plays along with the mistake hoping to put Marlow at his ease so that he might fall in love with her.  In the meantime a secret romance emerges between Hastings and Kate’s cousin, Constance Neville.

Contrary wishes and desires confuse and confound, resulting in excruciatingly funny scenes. Oliver Goldmith’s play is much-loved and much-performed for good reason. Come and join New Stagers for a fun costume drama at the lovely Merton Abbey Mills.

The Abbeyfest is the summer festival of Music, Comedy and Theatre in South-West London.  This is its 16th year and the theme of “keep it live” is once again very present this year! We are very proud to be performing She Stoops to Conquer as part of the festival line up.


Mr Hardcastle – Ben Ellis
Mrs Hardcastle – Pat Driver
Kate Hardcastle – Katie Bryan
Marlow – Ashley Malster
Constance Neville – Veronica Montalbetti
Hastings – Marc Chittock
Tony Lumpkin – Richard Allport
Sir Charles Marlow – Ian Pring
Diggory – Catriona Lawrie
Roger – Laura Martin
Pimple – Maria Mursell
Jeremy – Steph Kendrick
Landlord – Adam Bye



Director – Julia Coleman
Assistant Director – Ashley Malster
Producer – Catriona Laurie
Stage Manager - Adam Bye
Sound/Lighting Operator – Joanna Dodd
Costumes – Amanda Clarke



Photos of the show