The action takes place in poor lodgings near Dover where Mellefont is waiting to hear whether his attempts to renegotiate the terms of a cousin’s will have been successful. It appears the legacy will enable him to marry Miss Sara Sampson…


The first performance of Miss Sara Sampson was given at Frankfurt an der Oder in 1755.


Translation by Ernest Bell. Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Sara was at the Millington Drake Theatre, Montevideo, Uruguay on 18th April 1990.

Venue City Country Dates No. of Performances
Millington Drake Theatre Montevideo Uruguay 18/04/90 6
Arts Theatre Cambridge UK 30/04/90 7
Connaught Theatre Worthing UK 08/05/90 6
Arts Centre Warwick UK 14/05/90 6
Theatre Royal Winchester UK 21/05/90 6
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 28/05/90 6
Lilian Baylis Theatre London UK 05/06/90 27
Daniel ThorndikeSir William
Peter NeedhamWaitwell
Max BurrowsInn Landlord
Raad RawiMellefont
Duncan DuffNorton
Charlotte MedcalfBetty
Rachel JoyceSara Sampson
Sheila GishMarwood
Pat O'TooleHannah
Maria Isabel HernandezArabella

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Musical DirectorPaddy Cunneen
Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerRick Fisher
Company Stage ManagerLouise Yeomans
Voice CoachPatsy Rosenberg

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