UK (Arts University Bournemouth) AUB Productions presents: The Belle’s Stratagem

Play by Hannah Cowley
Adapted by Luke Kernaghan | Directed by Seb Harcombe

Hannah Cowley’s 1780 rom-com romp is a rediscovered gem, a timeless and triumphant cry for love, decency, and equality.


Cowley turns the tables on Restoration Comedy and has the women coming out on top, in this contemporary re-working of the original.

In this light-hearted comedy of courtship, the knife-sharp Letitia has been betrothed to the roguish Doricourt since childhood, but she fears she is soon to be trapped in a loveless marriage.

With the help of the sly Mrs. Racket, the saucy Mrs. Ogle, and country Lady Frances Touchwood – whose sniveling husband is terrified of her discovering city life – Letitia hatches a plan to fascinate her fiancé, ensuring that he knows he is soon to be wed to an equal partner.

The women conspire to open the eyes of the men – dancing rings around them at a sumptuous masquerade ball, where mistaken identities ensure joyous resolution.

The Belle’s Stratagem features performers from BA (Hons) Acting; set and costumes from BA (Hons) Costume and BA (Hons) Performance Design and Film Costume; and hair and make-up from BA (Hons) Make Up for Media and Performance.

Dates Times Ticket price
Thursday 8 December 19.30 £5.00
Friday 9 December 19.30* £5.00
Saturday 10 December 14.30 £5.00
Saturday 10 December 19.30 £5.00

* This performance includes an after show Q&A with members of the company. Duration of the Q&A is approximately 20 minutes.