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She Stoops to Conquer

The Mistakes of a Night


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Oliver Goldsmith 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from Oliver Goldsmith's original play.

  • Setting

    Irish Midlands 1773.

  • Synopsis

    A comedy of class, courtship and dysfunctional families set in the heart of the Irish countryside. Tongue-tied, uptight young Charles Marlow longs for a wife, but women of his own standing terrify him. The barmaid seems fair game - but there's more to her than meets the eye.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
Bet Bouncer Eileen Colgan
Pimple Bríd Ní Neachtain
Third Man in Inn Donagh Deeney
Constance Neville Ingrid Craigie
Charles Marlow Stephen Brennan (1)
George Hastings Malcolm Douglas
Mrs Hardcastle Joan O'Hara
Michael Gerard McSorley
Seamus John Olohan
Tony Lumpkin Eamon Morrissey
Kate Hardcastle Fiona Mac Anna
Second Man in Inn Geoff Golden
Diggory Micheál Ó Briain
Mr Hardcastle Philip O'Flynn
Sir Charles Marlow Desmond Perry
First Man in Inn Godfrey Quigley
Roger Paul Moore (2)
Fourth Man in Inn Paul Moore (2)
Cook Niamh McAnally
Production Team  
Director Joe Dowling
Designer Frank Conway
Lighting Leslie Scott
Sound Nuala Golden
Choreographer Mavis Ascott
Composer Jolyon Jackson
Director's Assistant Paul Moore (2)
Production Manager Brian Collins
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Stage Manager John Andrews
Assistant Stage Manager Niamh McAnally
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Lighting Operator Mick Doyle (2)
Set Construction Paddy Rose
Set Construction Maurice Deegan
Set Construction Mark Darley
Costumes Painted by Joanna Taylor
Scenic Artist Eddie Doyle(1)
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton
Wardrobe Assistant Kitty Casey
Wardrobe Assistant Imelda Carroll
Wardrobe Assistant Anne Carroll
Photography Fergus Bourke


  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.