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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Narrator: Rosalind Ayres, Kenneth Danziger, Lucy Davis, Simon Templeman, Lloyd Owen, Moira Quirk, Matthew Wolf Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Captain Jack Absolute to the wealthy Lydia Languish. Jack and Lydia are already in love, but because of Lydia's obsession with romantic novels, Jack has disguised himself as a poor officer named Ensign Beverly - and he is only one of Lydia's many suitors. The Rivals was Sheridan's first play, and this charming comedy of manners continues to be widely performed today.

Includes an interview with Linda Kelly, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order): Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Malaprop
Kenneth Danziger as Thomas
Lucy Davis as Lydia Languish
Neil Dickson as David
Sarah Drew as Julia
Julian Holloway as Sir Lucius O'Trigger
Chris Neame as Sir Anthony Absolute
Lloyd Owen as Captain Jack Absolute
Moira Quirk as Lucy
Matthew Wolf as Faulkland.

Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May, 2011.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoyed Sheridan's sprightly wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khaled | 11/23/2013

    " A hilarious comedy poking fun at C18th aristocratic society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/30/2013

    " I loved this classic, the sarcasm and irony. If you like at all Shakespeare or The Importance Of Being Earnest you should read this book, it's funny, very amusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Grimaud | 9/9/2013

    " Great play! Listen to a good audio. Find out where "malapropism" comes from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake B | 9/8/2013

    " A humourous play, enjoyed it more than I thought I would. More appreciated when performed than read though, like most plays. Very interesting and enlightening ponderings of love, especially through the character of Faulkland and his relationship with Julia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/25/2013

    " Was a decent book, but kind of long. The play was substantially better than the book because there you could really see the comedy in a way you just can't when reading. Mrs. Malaprop was by far my favorite, and Lucy really got under my skin sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Risa | 5/19/2013

    " Rivals (New Mermaid Series) by Richard Sheridan (1980) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 4/26/2013

    " An old British play which introduces us to a great character, Mrs. Malaprop. Sheridan is a master at language and wordplay. This could have been a screwball comedy from the 30's or 40's/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 4/10/2013

    " Such a delightful play. Laughed, but also learned some valuable lessions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Canann | 12/15/2012

    " 1775 Also found in "Eighteenth-Century Plays" paperback by Ricardo Quintana "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/4/2012

    " One of the few plays I know of that is as good to read as it is to see performed (the other that comes to mind is Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest) Sheridan is witty, and some, if not all, of the jokes, especially the running gag of Mrs. Malaprop, are almost better grasped when read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/6/2012

    " Read it in high school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordi | 10/9/2012

    " I think I need to re-read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scroutch | 10/5/2012

    " Better than "the school for scandal," in my opinion. Still, just another restoration comedy piece. But a pretty good one anyways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 8/3/2011

    " An old British play which introduces us to a great character, Mrs. Malaprop. Sheridan is a master at language and wordplay. This could have been a screwball comedy from the 30's or 40's/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/30/2011

    " Great play! Listen to a good audio. Find out where "malapropism" comes from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 2/11/2011

    " A humourous play, enjoyed it more than I thought I would. More appreciated when performed than read though, like most plays. Very interesting and enlightening ponderings of love, especially through the character of Faulkland and his relationship with Julia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/8/2011

    " 1775 Also found in "Eighteenth-Century Plays" paperback by Ricardo Quintana "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scroutch | 6/28/2008

    " Better than "the school for scandal," in my opinion. Still, just another restoration comedy piece. But a pretty good one anyways. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Brinsley SheridanIn need of funds, Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) turned to the only craft that could gain him the remuneration he desired in a short time: he began writing a play. He had over the years written and published essays and poems, and among his papers were humorous 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. He was 23 years old.