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or, the Mistakes of a Night
written by Oliver Goldsmith
directed by Claire Hoult
performed May 6-8 1999

Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle live in a rambling mansion with their daughter Kate and Tony Lumpkin, Mrs. Hardcastle's son by a previous marriage. Mr. Hardcastle is trying to partner Kate with a suitable husband, while Mrs. Hardcastle hopes to have her son Tony marry her niece Constance Neville (Tony's cousin). Upon his arrival in town, Kate's suitor, Charles Marlow, is led to the Hardcastle mansion under the misapprehension that it is an inn. Not realising he is in the home of potential in-laws, Marlow acts with supreme arrogance, eventually falling in love with Kate in the belief that she is a servant. Mr. Hardcastle cannot abide young Marlow's arrogant behaviour, but Kate is determined to win her father's approval of Marlow, using her feminine wiles to win the day.