She Stoops to Conquer

By Oliver Goldsmith

30 APR - 23 MAY 2009 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company



120 minutes long, with an interval



See OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE star Antonia Prebble make her long awaited professional theatre debut. This award-winning actress, best known for her role as the shrewd Loretta West, takes to the stage as the delightfully naughty Kate Hardcastle in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER by Oliver Goldsmith.

Directed by Michael Hurst (TWELFTH NIGHT, THE THREEPENNY OPERA), this hilarious comedy of bad manners, secret elopements and nocturnal confusion is transported to the fabulous world of the 1950’s England – complete with bouffant hair, Vespa scooters and the beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll.

Don’t miss our stylish production of this great English classic. SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER is one of the finest examples of a Comedy of Manners and promises to be a riotous night of theatrical misunderstandings, belly-aching intrigue and brilliant wit.



Michael Hurst's high-spirited modernisation has a freshness and vitality that should make the classic story of mistaken identity accessible to a younger audience.
Paul Simei-Barton, NZ Herald
The production is another triumph for Michael Hurst who has trimmed the play and given it contemporary relevance.
John Daly-Peoples, NBR
Satirical restoration comedy-come-farcical romantic comedy, Michael Hurst's adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith's eighteenth century classic, She Stoops to Conquer (1773), brings this buoyant eighteenth century script into the mid-twentieth century, adding fresh punch along the way.
Caoilinn Hughes, Theatreview
Some jokes never get old and the Auckland Theatre Company's production of She Stoops to Conquer gets the audience laughing as much as it must have done when it was first staged back in 1773.
Jessie Kollen, Theatreview