Non-CCR Events

International Community in Rome

Theatre in English - January 30-February 4, 2018 

CCR members and embassy staff pay the reduced rate tickets (€13)!

The Rome Savoyards and Plays in Rome
present
The Rivals
by
Richard Brinsley Sheridan 
Directed by Sandra Provost

 Performances:
Tue to Fri 30 January - 2 February 2018 at 20.30
Sat and Sun 3-4 February 2018 at 17.30
Teatro San Genesio
Via Podgora 1 (near Viale Mazzini; nearest metro stop Lepanto)
Tickets:
full €15, reduced €13 (groups and seniors, members of
Plays in Rome association), reduced €10 (students and children)
Bookings and info:
playsinrome@yahoo.com; tel: 347-8248661

About the Play and Author:  A witty comedy of manners & enduringly popular play.

The Rivals was Sheridan's first play. At the time, he was a young newlywed living in Bath. At Sheridan's insistence, upon marriage his wife Eliza (born Elizabeth Linley) had given up her career as a singer. This was proper for the wife of a "gentleman" but it was difficult as Eliza would have earned a substantial income as a performer. Instead, the Sheridans lived beyond their means as they entertained the gentry and nobility with Eliza's singing (in private parties) and Richard's wit. Finally, in need of funds, Richard turned to the only craft that could gain him the remuneration he desired in a short time: he began writing a play. Over the years he had written and published essays and poems, and among his papers were numerous unfinished plays, essays and political tracts, but never had he undertaken such an ambitious project as this. In a short time, however, he completed The Rivals.

First performed at Covent Garden, London, on 17 January 1775, The Rivals became a favourite of the royal family, receiving five command performances in ten years, and also in the Colonies (it was George Washington's favourite play). It became a standard show in the repertoires of 19th-century companies in England and the US. The play is now considered to be one of Sheridan's masterpieces, and the term malapropism was coined in reference to one of the well-known characters in the play.

The Rivals concerns the romantic difficulties of Lydia Languish, who is determined to marry for love and into poverty. Realizing this, the aristocratic Captain Jack Absolute woos her while claiming to be Ensign Beverley. Yet her aunt, Mrs. Malaprop, will not permit her to wed a mere ensign, and Lydia will lose half her fortune if she marries without her aunt’s permission.

The situations and characters of the play were not entirely new, but Sheridan’s rich wit and remarkable sense of theatrical effect gave them freshness. Mrs. Malaprop proved to be one of the most popular caricatures in English drama. The Rivals has been revived many times since its premiere and has been adapted for television and musicals with great success. 

Photography Exhibition - February 14-23, 2018

The inauguration of CCR member Sheila McKinnon's latest exhibit, INVISIBLE LIGHT, will be at 5 p.m. on February 14 at the Camera dei Deputati (Italian Chamber of Deputies), Sala del Cenacolo in the Complesso Vicolo Valdina; the entrance is in Piazza (not via) di Campo Marzio 42, at the corner of Via della Stelleta and Via Metastasio, within the ZTL traffic limitation area. RSVP to wild@hart.co.uk is essential in order to be on the list of participants to attend the inauguration event.

The exhibit will then be open to all and free of charge from the 15th to the 23rd of February from  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

 INVISIBLE LIGHT is in partnership with the Canadian Embassy.

Ambassador Alexandra Bugailiskis will be present at the inauguration, along with Mario Arvelo, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security of the UN Rome-based Agencies.