Mary Pix's restoration comedy, usually known as The Beau Defeated, was brought to the Stratford stage by Jo Davies in 2018.

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A wealthy widow on her way up...

Mrs Rich, a wealthy widow, aspires to rub shoulders with the great and good and perhaps even gain a title. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one after Sir John Roverhead!

Unlike Aphra Behn, a fellow female playwright from the late 1600s, Mary Pix has been almost lost to history. But like Behn’s The Rover, a sell-out success in early 2017, Pix’s comedy of manners combines mischief-making and mind-bending plot twists with a sharp satirical and distinctly female wit. Her colourful cast of characters dupe and dissemble as the intrigue builds. Will Mrs Rich ever squeeze her way into high society? 


Jeff Alexander - Coachman
Aretha Ayeh - Lucinda
Daisy Badger - Lady Landsworth
Greg Barnett - Belvoir
Graeme Brookes - Footman
Will Brown - Jack
Hayley Considine - Governess
Laura Elsworthy - Betty
Sandy Foster - Mrs Trickwell
Ashley Gayle - Footman
Amanda Hadingue - Toni
Richard Hurst - Footman
Solomon Israel - Younger Clerimont
Emily Johnstone - Maid
Lossie the Dog - Lossie
Susan Salmon - Lady la Basset
Sadie Shimmin - Mrs Fidget
Michael Simkins - Mr Rich
Sophie Stanton - Mrs Rich
Theia the Dog - Theo
Jessica Turner - Mrs Clerimont
Tam Williams - Sir John Roverhead
Leo Wringer - Elder Clerimont


Director Jo Davies | Designer Colin Richmond | Lighting Anna Watson | Music and Songs Grant Olding | Sound Carolyn Downing | Movement Coral Messam | Fights Terry King

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