Peter Huntley Productions presents
the Red Handed Theatre Company production of

The Belle’s Stratagem

by Hannah Cowley

6 September - 1 October 2011

Show Starts 7.45pm Mon-Sat Matinee Starts 3.15pm Sat
Running Time 150 minutes including interval
Price £10 | £15 | £20
Airline Style pricing The earlier you book the cheaper the ticket!

The Belle's Stratagem


★★★★ ‘Theatrical enterprise like this makes you proud to be British’
Libby Purves, The Times

★★★★ ‘witty, spirited and eminently revivable’
Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Here’s a fine and surprising discovery… ebullient and handsomely presented’
Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage

★★★★ ‘an impressively irreverent and coherent production… cheeky, contemporary flourishes’
Critics’ Choice, Time Out

London, 1780. And it’s marriage season. But one group of wily women are determined to challenge the status quo.

Young Letitia Hardy is shocked when her fiancée returns from the Continent convinced that English women are dull. Defying convention, she sets out to gain his love with an ingenious scheme to prove him wrong.

Meanwhile, Sir George is trying desperately to protect his wife from the evils of high society. He hasn’t counted however on two of London’s most rambunctious wits, Miss Ogle and Mrs Rackett, making it their mission to convert her into a lady of fashion.

One of the most popular plays of its time, The Belle’s Stratagem, has not been performed in over a century.

Cast & Creative Team

Creative Team

Directed by
Jessica Swale

Designed by
Simon Kenny

Music by
Laura Forrest-Hay

Lighting Design by
Christopher Nairne

Marc Baylis
Gina Beck
Holly Blair
Cassandra Bond
Jackie Clune
Samuel Dent
Tim Dorsett
Mark Fountain
Jeremy Joyce
Michael Lindall
Christopher Logan
Joseph Macnab
Nigel Munson
Hannah Spearritt
Maggie Steed
Robin Soans


Post Show Events
Monday, 19 September at 10.15pm
With members of the cast and creative team

Monday, 26 September at 10.15pm
With members of the cast and creative team

Tuesday, 27 September at 10.15pm
Fine Ladies: Hannah Cowley, the female wit and the presentation of women in The Belle’s Stratagem

The Belle’s Stratagem

6 September - 1 October 2011

NOTE Airline Style pricing. All seats are the same. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis - the earlier you the book the cheaper the ticket!