Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Online, through the Williams Center for the Arts
Williams Center for the Arts and the Department of Theater

Join us on the virtual stage for “Theater on Thursdays,” featuring masterpieces from the National Theatre Collection and insightful commentary by Lafayette faculty and specialists.

London Assurance (1841), Dion Boucicault, adapted by Richard Bean. Recorded 2010 at London’s National Theatre before a live audience. 

Originally written by Dion Boucicault, Nicholas Hytner directs the brilliantly funny Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in this new version by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) – a rollicking charade about life, love, and mistaken identity in 19th century London.


The plot swirls around the young and cynical countrywoman, Grace, who has agreed to marry Sir Harcourt Courtly, a manifestly showy fashion-plate of his time, in return for his financial support of her family. At a house party at her father's estate, Harcourt's son Charles falls in love with Grace. When Sir Harcourt appears on the scene, Charles has to convince him that there is a case of mistaken identity and that Charles is not his son, but somebody else. Under the deft pen of Richard Bean, Boucicault’s frothy farce goes off the rails when Charles persuades the married Lady Gay Spanker to seduce his father.


6:30 p.m. Pre-show talk with Professor Suzanne Westfall, Department of Theater

7:00 p.m. Performance


Acquire a free virtual ticket through the link below and log in with your Lafayette I.D.



Links and instructions to the talk and performances will be emailed to you after you register for your ticket.


Get a sneak peek of London Assurance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8exuoYZbCM


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Williams Center for the Arts and the Department of Theater