The Game of Love and Chance
By Pierre Marivaux - in a new translation by David Baldwin and Michael Cabot

The London Classic Theatre Company
National Tour, 14 May - 19 June 2001
Directed by Michael Cabot

This was a great tour - Marivaux's classic 18th comedy went down well with audiences across the country, and it was a great joy hearing them work out the twists of the plot and look forward to the confusions which would ensue. We went to extremes - Berwick upon Tweed followed by Exeter for example (i.e. the length and breadth of England) - and 'old' and 'new', from Britain's oldest working theatre, and also our smallest venue, the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, to the newest and our largest venue, the remarkable Lowry Centre in Salford.

"Richard Stemp (as Mario, the brother) appeared to have had a great time in this role, camp enough to convey that wonderful fun factor on the developing situation and happy to join in the continuation of the game."
Somerset Gazette, May 25 2001

"Richard Stemp made the most of his role as Sylvia's brother, the elegant dandy, Mario, who teases his sister and her suitor on his father's instructions, and showed great style when required to woo with a deadpan expression." [I'm not entirely sure what this means! RS]
Darlington and Stockport Times, June 1, 2001

"Richard Stemp, as a magnificently camp Mario, and Brian Douglas as Sylvia's father Orgon, provided strong support."
Manchester on Stage, June 3, 2001

"But it was Richard Stemp who stole the show as the foppish Mario, bringing home the laughs just by sucking in his cheeks."
Go Magazine, June 24, 2001

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