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Rich socialite Lydia Languish is obsessed with the romantic ideals of love and is drawn into a relationship with a poor soldier named Ensign Beverly. Much to her chagrin, it is eventually revealed to her that her beloved is in fact the heir to a vast fortune. This hilarious romp has some of the most colourful characters ever conceived for the English stage including the irascible Sir Anthony Absolute, the ridiculous Mrs. Malaprop, and the definitive country bumpkin Bob Acres. A brilliant comic masterpiece revolving around the pretentiousness and sentimentality of 18th-century society.

Written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. First presented at Covent Garden Theatre in 1775.

Director: Ron Cameron-Lewis

Choreographer: Sarah Jane Burton

Musical Director: Michael Mulrooney

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Studio Theatre, Sheridan


Amanda Baldwin: Ensemble
Jen Budgell: Miss Lydia Languish
Stacey Bulmer: Mrs. Malaprop
Leah Coombs: Miss Julia Melville
Diane Oliveira: Lucy
Courtney Simpson: Miss Julia Melville
Jenna Warriner: Ensemble
Hilary Wilson: Mrs. Malaprop
Wesley Colford: David
Adam Hobbs: Mr. Fag
Ryan Jeffrey: Squire Bob Acres
Will Lamond: Mr. Faulkland
Jonathan Logan: Sir Lucius O’Trigger / Thomas
Graham Parkhurst: Captain Jack Absolute / Ensign Beverley
Jonathan Tan: Sir Anthony Absolute


The Rivals, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre

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Original Citation

Cameron-Lewis, R. (Director). (2009, April 16 – 25). The rivals. [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.

The Rivals, April 16 – 25, 2009



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