The Rivals

Comedy - Revival

Shubert Theatre

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  • Opening Date: January 14, 1942
  • Closing Date: February 28, 1942
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 54

Playwright: Richard Brinsley Sheridan


Wealthy captain Jack Absolute pretends to be poor officer Ensign Beverley to win the romantic Lydia in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comedy, which also features such characters as oafish Bob Acres, temper-prone Sir Lucius O'Trigger and Mrs. Malaprop, whose frequent confusion of words and their meanings coined the term "malapropism."


Opening Night Cast

Mary Boland Mrs. Malaprop
George Boots Footman
Philip Bourneuf Sir Lucius O'Trigger
Donald Burr Captain Jack Absolute
Bobby Clark Bob Acres
Walt Draper Boy
Helen Ford Lucy
Walter Hampden Sir Anthony Absolute
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Richard Brinsley Sheridan Writer
  Arthur Guiterman Lyrics
Eva Le Gallienne Eva Le Gallienne Staging
  Watson Barratt Scenic Design
  Watson Barratt Costume Design
  The Theatre Guild Producer
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