The Rivals: an 18th-century play performed by the Rude Mechanicals

August 31, 2018
October 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stratford Hall
483 Great House Rd
Montross, VA 22520
Jon Bachman

The theatre group The Rude Mechanicals will be performing the 18th-century play The Rivals at Stratford Hall! This rollicking 18th-century play is a romantic comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, produced and published in 1775. The Rivals is an example of a comedy of manners and a witty, cerebral form of dramatic comedy that depicts and often satirizes the manners and affectations of a contemporary society.

The Rivals concerns the romantic difficulties of Lydia Languish, who is determined to marry for love and into poverty. Realizing this, the aristocratic Captain Jack Absolute woos her while claiming to be an “Ensign Beverley”, a poor army officer. But her aunt, Mrs. Malaprop, will not permit her to wed a mere ensign, and Lydia will lose half her fortune if she marries without her aunt’s permission. Hilarity ensues as plot complications arise. Don’t miss this chance to view a live performance of The Rivals, considered to be one of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s masterpieces!

Free admission. No pre-registration. There will be seating for 100. Seats will be first come, first serve.

For more information Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or

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