The School for Scheming

16 April 2014 – 17 May 2014

FOUR STARS The Times, Sunday Express, Time Out, What's on Stage, The Arts Desk, Exeunt

"Boucicault’s kittenish swipes at the skulduggery of politicians and financiers provoke plenty of wry chuckles... it zings and twirls...delightfully diverting." The Times

"Boucicault’s quick wit and well-written comic characters shine... Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it’s worth parting with a little of your hard-earned coppers to catch this one." Time Out

"The Orange Tree theatre in Richmond which, during the 42-year artistic directorship of Sam Waters, has specialised in unearthing – and polishing – neglected gems, has revived The School for Scheming, Boucicault’s sparkling 1847 comedy of financial and marital speculation." Sunday Express

“This gloriously farcical Victorian comedy... many of the laughs are as fresh today as they would have been in 1847... a charming, pacy and lively evening with plenty of belly laughs and a few heart-warming morals thrown in for good measure.” What’s on Stage

“impeccably acted” The Arts Desk

“a production that is all witty observations, sly mimicry and sarcastic asides” Exeunt

“As the curtain falls on Sam Walters’ 43-year reign at the Orange Tree this little known mid-19th century comedy, directed by Walters’ wife, Auriol Smith, is appropriately representative of their sterling work as theatrical excavators and resuscitators.” The Stage

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