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A Lady of Little Sense

The Belgrade Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, and Arcola Theatre London present

A Lady of Little Sense

La Dama Boba by Lope de Vega, in a new translation by David Johnston. Directed by Laurence Boswell.

Weds 26 March - Thurs 17 April 2014

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: From £8 - £20 (Concessions from £7.75 - £18)

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“…an immensely lively production.” The Guardian

Nise and Finea are famous beauties. Their father, Don Octavio, a wealthy businessman, is doing his best to marry them off and an exotic collection of determined young suitors are competing for the prizes. The sticking point? Nise, the elder sister, is too clever for her own good, whilst younger sister Finea is notoriously stupid.

Can the family hide Finea’s shortcomings long enough to hoodwink a suitor into marriage? Surely the combination of a dancing master and a huge dowry will do the trick? The ploy is more successful than anyone might have anticipated…

A Lady of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

Laurence Boswell is the Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Artistic Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the Spanish Golden Age period and won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for the Spanish Golden Age Season he staged at London’s Gate Theatre.

“Boswell and his fine cast tackle the farce at just the right breakneck speed…” The Stage

David Johnston is a multi award-winning translator for the stage who has worked with Laurence Boswell on previous much-acclaimed productions.

A Lady of Little Sense is part of our Spanish Golden Age Season and plays in repertory with Don Gil of the Green Breeches and Punishment Without Revenge. The season will bring to the stage three brand new translations of rarely-seen plays from the last unopened treasure-chest of world drama. This is a significant cultural event in the UK and a major innovation in the history of Golden Age translation and performance.

Running time: 2hrs 30mins including an interval.

These plays come to the Belgrade following their premieres by our co-producers at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio, and then London’s Arcola Theatre. The Spanish Golden Age Season is being supported by: Embassy of Spain: Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs.

Wed 26 Mar 7:30pm
Mon 31 Mar 7:30pm
Tue 1 Apr 7:30pm
Sat 5 Apr 2:15pm
Wed 9 Apr 2:15pm
Thu 10 Apr 7:30pm
Sat 12 Apr 7:30pm
Wed 16 Apr 7:30pm
Thu 17 Apr 7:30pm Captioned Performance

“…an immensely lively production from Boswell with a fine central performance from Frances McNamee.”

The Guardian

“Boswell and his fine cast tackle the farce at just the right breakneck speed…”

The Stage

“It is almost 400 years old and yet A Lady of Little Sense still provides an evening of great comic theatre.” *****

The Public Reviews

“Frances McNamee, also tremendous throughout, is a hilarious and physically resourceful Finea, while the rest of the company – which includes Katie Lightfoot, William Hoyland, Annie Hemingway and Nick Barber – register further intriguing variations on stock characters”

WhatsOnStage

Video: Interview with the cast from the Spanish Golden Age Season

Posted by anon on 4th April 2014

We caught up with some of the cast from the Spanish Golden Age to find out more about the three amazing shows. Read more

Meet the cast of The Spanish Golden Age Season

Posted by anon on 21st February 2014

The Spanish Golden Age Season at the Belgrade Theatre sees one company of ten actors take on three incredible plays from Weds 26 March – Sat 19 April. Find ou... Read more

Video: Audience reaction to the Spanish Golden Age Season

Posted by anon on 3rd April 2014

Watch this video to find out what the audience think of our Spanish Golden Age Season - three incredible plays now on in B2. Read more

Inside The Wardrobe of the Spanish Golden Age Season

Posted by anon on 2nd April 2014

In the first of our Spanish Golden Age backstage video blog exclusives, we chat to wardrobe assistant Leah from the Arcola Theatre in London about exactly what go... Read more

‘I would not be where I am today without the Belgrade’ – Laurence Boswell in Conversation

Posted by anon on 26th March 2014

This Spring sees acclaimed director and former Belgrade Youth Theatre alumnus Laurence Boswell return to his theatrical roots directing two out of three of the ra... Read more

Take a peek at costumes for the Spanish Golden Age Season

Posted by anon on 26th March 2014

We go backstage to take a sneaky peek at some of the costumes for the Spanish Golden Age Season. Read more

Spanish Golden Age Pinterest board

Posted by anon on 10th March 2014

Take a peek at our Spanish Golden Age Pinterest board! Read more

Discover more about our Spanish Golden Age Season...

Posted by anon on 6th February 2014

Watch our YouTube playlist to discover more about the Spanish Golden Age Season. Read more

The Spanish Golden Age, Credit: Jane Hobson

Spanish Golden Age rehearsal photos

Posted by anon on 19th February 2014

Take at look at these rehearsal photos for the Spanish Golden Age Season! Read more