The Rivals

This was the first production to occupy the Criterion Theatre since September 1940.

The West End run achieved 166 performances.

“The revival of THE RIVALS at the Criterion brings the number of H M Tennent productions, now playing in the West End, up to nine, thereby creating a record in management.” – The Stage, 27th September 1945

Cast & Crew


Bob Acres
  (credited as Barry Ford (Pupil of Marion Ross))
Captain Absolute
David (Bob Acres’ servant)
Fag (Captain Absolute’s servant)
Julia Melville
Lucy (Mrs Malaprop’s maid)
Lydia Languish
maid (Miss Julia Melville’s)
maid in Mrs Malaprop’s lodgings
Mr Faulkland
Mrs Malaprop
servant (Mr Faulkland’s)
servant in Bob Acres’ lodgings
Sir Anthony Absolute
Sir Lucius O’Trigger
Thomas (a coachman)
Captain Absolute
  (started 25th September 1945)


Incidental music adapted and arranged from the music of William Boyce by
Invaluable help in lighting and directing the play
Costumes by
Costumes by
General Manager
Hats by
Presented by arrangement with
Presented by arrangement with
Press Representative
Scenery built by
Scenery painted by
Shoes by
Stage Director
Stage Manager
Wigs by


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