Simon Godwin directs the fabulous period comedy THE BEAUXӮ STRATAGEM by George Farquhar, screened via National Theatre Live at Cinema Nouveau theatres countrywide from Saturday, 03 October, for eight shows only.

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, played by Samuel Barnett (The History Boys) and Geoffrey Streatfeild (Spooks) are two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield.

Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.

Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and Mrs Sullen (Susannah Fielding), they are most at risk for, in love, they might be truly discovered.

Samuel BarnettӮs credits include the original cast of The History Boys at the NT, in the West End, Broadway, and on screen; Twelfth Night and Richard III (ShakespeareӮs Globe, West End and Broadway, Tony Award nomination) and on television, Twenty Twelve and Not Safe for Work.

Pippa Bennett-WarnerӮs theatre work includes The Swan and Caroline or Change for the NT, The Witness (Royal Court), and Richard II and King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse.

Susannah FieldingӮs work includes Much Ado About Nothing, Philistines and The Rose Tattoo at the NT, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice for the RSC and at the Almeida Theatre.

Geoffrey StreatfeildӮs credits include Children of the Sun, Earthquakes in London, The Pains of Youth and The History Boys at the NT, My Night With Reg (Donmar Warehouse and West End), Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and for television, The Hollow Crown, The Thick of It and Spooks.

For the National Theatre, Simon Godwin has directed Strange Interlude and Man and Superman, screened recently at Cinema Nouveau. His work elsewhere includes Richard II for ShakespeareӮs Globe, Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC, Regeneration (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton/UK tour) and The WinterӮs Tale (Headlong/Nuffield Theatres); and for Bristol Old Vic, where he is an Associate Artist, The Little Mermaid, KrappӮs Last Tape/A Kind Of Alaska, The Faith Healer and Far Away.

The full cast is Esh Alladi, Samuel Barnett, Jamie Beamish, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jane Booker, Cornelius Clarke, Susannah Fielding, Molly Gromadzki, John Hastings, Richard Henders, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chris Kelham, Nicholas Khan, Barbara Kirby, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Pearce Quigley, Mark Rose, Chook Sibtain, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Timothy Watson.

The production is designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Jonathan Goddard, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt.