The School For Scandal


    A co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

    The scandal-mongers of eighteenth century London seem extraordinarily close to home in Sheridan’s famous comedy.

    Lady Sneerwell, Sir Benjamin Backbite and the unctuous Mr Snake are horribly – but deliciously – familiar. In our own time they could well have found themselves alongside Andy Coulson in the Old Bailey dock.

    Into this scurrilous world Sheridan weaves an affecting romance between a moral young woman and a warm-hearted but spendthrift young man on the point of bankruptcy. Linking the two elements in his duplicitous brother – the aptly named ‘Surface’ – whose capacity to deceive is finally exploded.

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    Archived show. To book any of our productions please contact Kerrie Burke-Avery, Producer, on 0117 963 0963 or email

    RUNNING TIME 2hrs 30 (inc. interval)
    ORIGINAL VENUE Factory Theatre

    Cast & Creative

    creative team

    Director – Andrew Hilton
    Assistant Director – Hannah de Ville
    Set & Costume Designer – Emma Bailey
    Costume Supervisor – Jane Tooze
    Composer – Elizabeth Purnell
    Lighting Designer – Matthew Graham


    Sir Peter Teazle – Christopher Bianchi
    Rowley – Alan Coveney
    Snake – Paul Currier
    Joseph Surface – Paapa Essiedu
    Credit – Craig Fuller
    Sir Oliver Surface – Chris Garner
    Trip – Joey Hickman
    Lady Sneerwell – Julia Hills
    Careless – Oliver Hoare
    Maid – Hannah Jarvis
    Maria – Hannah Lee
    William – Tom Manson
    Sir Toby – Callum McIntyre
    Sir Benjamin Backbite – Byron Mondahl
    Mrs Candour – Fiona Sheehan
    Lady Teazle – Daisy Whalley
    Charles Surface – Jack Wharrier
    Crabtree – Benjamin Whitrow

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    Sheridans’s classic is given a modern twist in Andrew Hilton’s pitch-perfect production

    The Observer

    There is something approaching real magic here: at the heart of the thrilling experience of first-class comedy, we can savour the intense pleasure of the communal ritual that makes theatre so potent a force in our lives

    The Arts Desk

    Andrew Hilton’s production, whilst being on the side of the angels, also has the wisdom to tell us that malign gossip exists because we like it


    Christopher Bianchi retains admirable dignity as Sir Peter Teazle, whose spirited young wife is made suitably racy by Daisy Whalley in contrast to Hannah Lee as his demure ward Maria

    The Stage

    I’d challenge anyone to find a better rendering of Sheridan’s wonderfully witty exposé of deceit and defamation than this one

    Stagertalk Magazine