The Beaux’ Stratagem -

February 04, 2010



Raucous Restoration Comedy About Complications of Love, Life and Marriage
Opens February 17 at Culbreth Theatre


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – February 4, 2010 – A pair of down-on-their luck cads who set out to marry their money woes away discover that life and love have other, hilarious plans in The Beaux’ Stratagem, the latest in the U.Va. Drama Department’s 2010-2011 season. The rollicking restoration comedy comes to the Culbreth Theatre beginning February 17th.


The original version of The Beaux’ Stratagem, written by George Farquhar, was first performed in London in 1709. It was later adapted by Thornton Wilder in 1939, though he never finished the project. That opportunity, passed on from Wilder‟s estate, went to Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), who completed work on it in time for the new version’s debut in 2006.


Three centuries in the making, the play is a raucous romp through the minefields of love, money and marriage. It’s an evening full of careful scheming, double dealing and a good bit of old-time swashbuckling bravado, proving that when it comes to matters of the heart, a fool-proof plan can become a fool’s errand in the batting of an eye.
The Beaux’ Stratagem, directed by Betsy Tucker, will be presented from February 17-19 and 23-26, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for students and $12 for seniors, U.Va. faculty, staff and alumni association members.


Full-time U.Va. students may receive one free ticket to every performance of The Beaux’ Stratagem. Free U.Va. student tickets must be reserved in advance and are not available on the day of a performance. For more information, contact the U.Va. Arts Box Office.


Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 434-924-3376. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (located in the lobby of the Culbreth Theatre building), Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5:00 p.m. A $3.50 processing fee applies to all Internet, phone and mail orders.


“It’s a lovely and good-hearted comedy,” Tucker said, “and it’s been so much fun to watch our cast just fall in love with it, and with each other. I’ve never seen such a happy group of people.”


Audiences, she said, will find plenty of common ground with the ageless themes of love, marriage, money and the sometimes fuzzy lines between the three. Amidst the laughs, which are plentiful, Tucker said audiences connect with the various messages the play carries. “I think people really connect with the whole ideas of what to get married for, what not to get married for, that are at the heart of this play. There is the whole idea of being stuck in a marriage you don’t like, or falling in love with someone who is already married, or the overall theme of marrying for money, which a lot of these characters do for worse, and, I think, for better.”


The play is also ripe with adventure, and nothing says adventure like some good old-fashioned swordplay. “The swordfight is going to be pretty epic,” Tucker said. “It’s the longest one I’ve ever seen on stage. There are six people involved, three of them women. It’s done in the spirit of those classic 30′s swashbuckling films, so both epic and silly. I think it is definitely going to be something audiences will remember.”
The 2010-2011 U.Va. Drama MainStage season will continue with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (April 21-22 and 27-30, 2011).


The RecentWorks series in the Helms Theatre will continue with Carlos Murillo‟s dark play, or stories for boys (March 23-26, 2011).