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Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy She Stoops To Conquer is being screened at Blackpool Odeon on Thursday as part of the latest National Theatre Live season.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the cast includes David Fynn, Harry Hadden-Paton, John Heffernan, Cush Jumbo, Coronation Street’s Katherine Kelly (Kate Hardcastle), The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton (Mr Hardcastle) and Sophie Thompson (Mrs Hardcastle).

One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family.

Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he’s mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid. The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality he’s a charmer with those of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues.

Known to a huge TV audience as Becky McDonald in Coronation Street, Katherine Kelly’s theatre credits include Tamar’s Revenge, Pedro The Great Pretender, House Of Desires and Dog In A Manger (all for the RSC) and The Accrington Pals (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Steve Pemberton is best known as one of the writers and performers of The League of Gentlemen, on stage, television and film. His screen credits also include Match Point, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hotel Babylon and Benidorm.

Sophie Thompson’s theatre credits include Clybourne Park (Royal Court and West End), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Into The Woods (Donmar Warehouse) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her work in TV and film includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Eat Pray Love, Gosford Park, Persuasion, Four Weddings and a Funeral and EastEnders.

National Theatre Live performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 700 cinemas around the world, live in the UK and Europe and time delayed in countries further afield. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

The screening starts at 7pm (doors 6.45pm) and runs two hours 45 minutes including an interval.