Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and Belgrade Theatre Coventry

A LADY OF LITTLE SENSE / La Dama Boba (1613)

Lope de Vega New translation by David Johnston

Directed by: Laurence Boswell

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season A Lady of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

Nise and Finea are famous beauties. Their father, Don Octavio, a wealthy businessman, is doing his best to marry them off and an exotic collection of determined young suitors are competing for the prizes.

The sticking point?

Nise, the elder sister, is too clever for her own good, whilst younger sister Finea is notoriously stupid.

Can the family hide Finea’s shortcomings long enough to hoodwink a suitor into marriage?

Surely the combination of a dancing master and a huge dowry will do the trick?

The ploy is more successful than anyone might have anticipated.

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Painting “Guardainfanta” © Sol Úbeda [](

Spanish Golden Age photographs by Jane Hobson

Hear some of the music from the Spanish Golden Age Season by composer Jon Nicholls [here](

“The play gets an immensely lively production from Boswell with a fine central performance from Frances McNamee.”

★★★ The Guardian

“It is almost 400 years old and yet A Lady of Little Sense still provides an evening of great comic theatre.”

“The stage setting by Mark Bailey is simple and spectacular.”

★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“Frances McNamee, also tremendous throughout, is a hilarious and physically resourceful Finea, while the rest of the company – which includes Katie Lightfoot, William Hoyland, Annie Hemingway and Nick Barber – register further intriguing variations on stock characters”


9 January – 15 March 2014
Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm £18 (£14 con)

Opening Preview Performances all tickets £14
Previews (10, 27, 28 and 29 January)

Performance Dates in Rep
w/c 27 January (Mon – Sat)
w/c 17 February (Mon – Sat)
w/c 10 March (Mon – Sat)

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm £16 (£12 con)

Pay What You Can Tuesdays

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Running time: 2hrs 30mins including an interval