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The Duenna

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan



Company: LAMDA

Synopsis: A comic opera set in Seville, Louisa's hopes of marrying her beloved Antonio are dashed when she is promised to old Isaac Mendoza by her stubborn father, Don Jerome. To escape her father's plans she swaps places with her duenna, Margaret, and runs away. While fleeing she meets her brother Ferdinando who is eloping with Clara, and Louisa convinces Clara to seek sanctuary in a convent so that she can disguise herself as her friend. In the confusion Antonio and Ferdinando each believe that the other has designs on their intended and prepare for a duel. However, all is soon resolved and with consummate trickery Don Jerome's children succeed in marrying their lovers, leaving Mendoza married to Margaret.

Cast:
The duenna-Laura Green
Isaac-James Smith
Don Jerome-LEWIS COLLINS
Louisa-Patricia Hodge
Unknown-Raphael Granot
Unknown-David Hartley
Unknown-Hywel Davies
Unknown-Annabel Bosanquet


Comment:
Performed as a final year student. The play was first performed in 1775.

Reviews:

"Lewis Collins applied himself creatively to the part of Don Jerome, giving him a marked individuality" The Stage, 3rd December, 1970