TAKING the waters, finding romance and enjoying a jolly good gossip in Bath, is the setting for the comedy drama The Rivals, which comes to Buxton Opera House tomorrow evening (Wednesday).
A day in the life of a circle of socialites could almost be the plot of a modern day ‘docusoap’, but it’s actually Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s hilarious 18th century masterpiece.
Written in 1775, The Rivals is packed full of the most extraordinary comic characters ever to grace the stage: Mrs Malaprop with her famous twisted phrases, her niece Lydia Languish busy falling in love with the handsome Jack Absolute, who himself is being pushed around by his explosive father Sir Anthony Absolute.
After several misinterpreted love letters, cross-conversations and an organised street fight, the day ends with each suitor happily paired off and country bumpkin, Bob Acres, throwing a big party for them all!
It’s thanks to the acclaimed theatre company Creative Cow, that this important piece of classic British theatre has been revived. With the ensemble’s reputation for offering slick, fast paced, inventive and stylised drama – The Rivals is one not to be missed.
The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £14, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.