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The Belle’s Stratagem

The Belles Stratagem
by Hannah Cowley
adapted and directed by Tony Cownie

"Vanity, like murder, will out."

We find ourselves in Georgian Edinburgh where the elegant New Town is springing up all around, and the newly opened Assembly Rooms are the centre of social life and romantic intrigue. Despite being betrothed to him since birth, Letitia Hardy finds herself out of favour with the charming and arrogant Doricourt upon his return from Europe, as he declares that continental woman are so much more sophisticated than 'dull Scottish lassies'.

Determined not to marry without love, Letitia formulates a hilarious plan to capture his attention: behave so badly that he calls off the wedding, and then seduce him in disguise! Meanwhile, Doricourt’s close friend Sir George, has a beautiful new wife, the country-born Lady Frances. Escaping his overprotective gaze for an afternoon, she draws the attention of the rake, Courtall, who vows to seduce her.

A witty riposte to Farquhar’s The Beaux Stratagem, Hannah Cowley’s rediscovered gem turns the tables on the farcical goings-on and has the women coming out on top.

As well as transposing this restoration comedy from London to Edinburgh, Tony Cownie’s adaptation will have all the wit, mischief and sumptuous design which audiences have come to expect from his ebullient recent productions at The Lyceum, The Venetian Twins and Thon Man Moliere.


Tony Cownie talks about The Belles Strategem. 

Dates and Times

15 February - 10 March 2018

15 & 16 February
£10 Preview tickets on sale from 15 January

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 21 February, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
To be confirmed during rehearsals

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28

from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 15 January

All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2017


Thursday 1 March, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 3 March, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 28 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 3 March, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Creative Learning Events

Tuesday 27 February 2018
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

  • FREE, no ticket required

Thursday 8 March 2018, 5.30pm
These workshops will explore varied aspects of the production process to show you how we get a performance from the page to The Lyceum's stage. The session includes complimentary tea & coffee.

Saturday 10 March 2018, 10am
Join us for a practical acting workshop where will explore The Belle's Stratagem and work on key scenes with one of our Drama Artists.

  • £12 (£6 for students) / Book Here
    Book for all 6 sessions in Season 2017/18 and save!