Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Captain Jack Absolute to the wealthy Lydia Languish. Jack and Lydia are already in love, but because of Lydia's obsession with romantic novels, Jack has disguised himself as a poor officer named Ensign Beverly – and he is only one of Lydia's many suitors. The Rivals was Sheridan's first play, and this charming comedy of manners continues to be widely performed today.
A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order):
Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Malaprop;
Kenneth Danziger as Thomas;
Lucy Davis as Lydia Languish;
Neil Dickson as David;
Sarah Drew as Julia;
Julian Holloway as Sir Lucius O'Trigger;
Chris Neame as Sir Anthony Absolute;
Lloyd Owen as Captain Jack Absolute;
Moira Quirk as Lucy;
Matthew Wolf as Faulkland.
Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, Los Angeles in 2010.