Irish dramatist. He is noted for his contributions to late Restoration comedy, particularly for his plays The Recruiting Officer (1706) and The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707). (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: Frontispiece “Mr. Farquhar.” from
The Recruiting Officer: A Comedy, By George Farquhar. As it was Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, By Her Majesty’s Servants Anno 1706. With a Note on the Author and the Play by Sir Edmund Gosse; And embellish’d with designs by Véra Willoughby. London: Printed for Peter Davies, 1926.
Being that Sebastian in Twelfth Night made me turn inside out with lust, I’m thinking Mr Aimwell would straight up slaughter me. Flowing shirt + uber romance + singing + dancing…perhaps it’s best that I can’t track down a copy of The Beaux Stratagem. Would hate to die so young.
Even though I couldn’t be on hand to accept my Oscar when I won it (for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), I visualised it afterwards, so riding up to the Music Center and seeing the crowds, the excitement was a little like a replay for me. The flashbulbs and the fanfare were incredible. Bleachers full of people, and Michael and I trying to look terribly cool in our Rolls Royce. I will never forget it, just as I’ll always remember the night I won the first award. I was appearing in London in a play called The Beaux Stratagem and wasn’t feeling at all well. When I finally got to sleep, the phone awakened me at six in the morning with the wonderful news about the Oscar. I had an instant cure.
- Maggie Smith, winner of the 1979 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for California Suite, on filming part of the movie at the Academy Awards the previous year.
“There was Maggie Smith – seen one moment on film rolling a wine glass across her forehead as the affectedly sexy Myra in Coward’s Hay Fever, the next moment present in the flesh to deliver a speech from Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem with unadorned simplicity. And to see Judi Dench moving from Shakespeare’s Cleopatra to Sondheim’s Desiree in A Little Night Music was to receive an object lesson in the power of physical stillness and flawless articulation.” (National theatre’s 50th birthday gala)
Oh, Maggie Smith – she was absolutely astonishing in The Beaux’
Stratagem, so pretty and she radiated wit in the old sense, meaning
intelligence. - Frances de la Tour, on which actresses she admires (x)