by George Bernard Shaw
Lyttleton Theatre, 27 October 1982
(before visiting the Grand Theatre, Leeds, 8 to 13 November)
See also George Bernard Shaw and
the World of Major Barbara, by Peter Lewis, from the production programme.
- Act I:
- Lady Britomart's house in Wilton Crescent. After dinner.
- Act II:
- The yard of the West Ham shelter of the Salvation Army. The following
- Act III:
- Scene 1
- Lady Britomart's house. The next afternoon.
- Scene 2
- Perivale St Andrews. Later the same day.
Length: about 3 hours 10 minutes, including interval.
Theatre includes: three years with Glasgow Citizens' Company; Travesties,
Sleuth, A Room with a View (Bristol Old Vic), The Circle
(tour), Deathtrap (Garrick Theatre). NT: Phaedra Britannica,
Hamlet, John Gabriel Borkman, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Summer. TV:
includes: Affairs of the Heart, David Copperfield, Jolly Old Jean
Jacques Rousseau, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Copyist, Emmerdale Farm, Secret
Army, Facing the Sun, Othello, Nancy Astor, The Spider's Web.
Film Chariots of Fire (as the Prince of Wales).
Theatre includes: in London: Hedda Gabler, The Holiday, The Lizard
on the Rock, Gentle Jack, Maxibules, The Night of the Iguana, Ride
a Cock Horse, Man and Superman, Man of Destiny, The Burglar, Epitaph
for George Dillon, A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square, The Gay Lord Quex,
Spinechiller, You Never Can Tell, Pal Joey, Dear Liar.
At Chichester: A Woman of No Importance, The Inconstant Couple
TV: includes: The Other Man, Don Juan in Hell, Women Can be Monsters,
Platonov, Lady Windermere's Fan, Shoulder to Shoulder, Jenny Churchill,
How Green Was My Valley, I Claudius, The Achurch Letters,
Heartbreak House, Off To Philadelphia in the Morning, The Oresteia,
Crime and Punishment, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Barriers, Churchill The
Wilderness Years, Smiley's People, How Many Miles to Babylon. Films
include Becket, Goodbye Mr Chips, Laughter in the Dark, Murphy's War,
Under Milk Wood, The Clash of the Titans. Record Pal Joey
Theatre includes: in London: Widowers' Houses, King Lear, The Alchemist
(all transferred from Nottingham), The Philanthropist (also
in New York), West of Suez, The Great Exhibition, Something's Burning,
The Norman Conquests, Bloomsbury, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for
Measure, Play, Tishoo. NT Plunder, The Philanderer, Betrayal,
Othello, Sisterly Feelings, Man and Superman, Much Ado About Nothing.
TV: includes: An Affair of Honour, Mrs Warren's Profession, The Sullen
Sisters (Country Matters), Song of Songs, The Pearcross Girls, King Lear,
The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The Norman Conquests, Able's Will, Othello,
and most recently playing the title role in Beatrix Potter
Films: Joseph Andrews, The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Theatre includes: repertory at Coventry (The Lion in Winter, School
for Wives, The Man Most Likely To, When Did You Last See My Mother),
Stratford on Avon (Charley's Aunt), Bromley (Hotel in
Amsterdam), Guildford (On Such a Night),
Royal Exchange Manchester (The Three Musketeers), Bristol
Old Vic (Twelfth Night) In London two plays at Westminster
Theatre; Henry IV (Her Majesty's), The Taming of the
Shrew (Open Space). TV includes: Julius Caesar, The Onedin
Line, Z Cars, New Scotland Yard, Van der Valk, Sutherland's Law, Love and
Mr Lewisham, The Kitchen, Life at Stake, Instant Enlightenment Including
VAT, Buccaneer, The South Bank Show. Film: Terror.
Theatre includes: seasons at the Bristol Old Vic and Oxford Playhouse.
NT The Second Mrs Tanqueray. TV: includes: Hamlet, Twelfth
Night, Candide, Private Affairs, Our Mutual Friend, Anna Karenina, Wings,
Kilvert's Diaries, Lillie Langtry, Cover, The Flame Trees of Thika
Films include: The Blockhouse, Daisy Miller.
Theatre for the RSC Othello, Julius Caesar, The Merry Wives of
Windsor, Nicholas Nickleby (London and New York), She Stoops
to Conquer (Nuffield Theatre Southampton). TV: Aubrey Beardsley,
Nicholas Nickleby,Jewel in the Crown.
Theatre includes: Comedians (first at Nottingham Playhouse,
then NT at the Old Vic and Wyndhams, later on TV), Flowers for Algernon
(Queens). NT: The Prince of Homburg, Danton's Death. Recent
TV: includes: Brideshead Revisited, Collision Course, Prince Regent,
Telford's Change, Poldark, The Sweeney, We the Accused, The Bolgias.
Films include: Orders to Kill, Guns of Darkness, Fraulein Doktor,
Alfred the Great, Performance.
Theatre: first professional appearance: 1948 at the Lyric Hammersmith
in An English Summer. Work in London since then includes:
The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing (Phoenix),
Richard II, The Way of the World, Venice Preserved (Lyric Hammersmith),
The Flowering Cherry, Ross (Haymarket), Look on Tempests
(Comedy) RSC: King Lear, The Wars of the Roses, The Birthday Party,
The Merchant of Venice, Love's Labour's Lost, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, The
Government Inspector, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, All's Well that Ends Well,
Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Relapse, Women Beware
Women, Henry VIII, Major Barbara, Othello, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.
Films include The Dam Busters, Private Potter TV: includes:
The Wars of the Roses, Cone of Silence, Flowering Cherry, Brief Tales
from the Bench, Jack the Ripper, Edward VII, The Pallisers, The Breakthrough,
Pit Strike, True Patriot, Quatermass, The Voysey Inheritance, The Greeks,
The Best of Everything, Fraulein Else.
Theatre: made her first stage appearance in 1921 in The Great Big
World at the Court Theatre. Since then, work includes: creating the
role of Ruby in When We Are Married, and more recently, appearing
in Habeas Corpus (Lyric Theatre), Twelfth Night
(RSC), Liza of Lambeth .(Shaftesbury), Filumena
(Lyric). NT: True West. Numerous TV: appearances include:
The Benny Hill Show, Eric Sykes Show, Ken Dodd Show, Arthur Haynes
Show, Hugh and I, Maigret, Bootsie and Snudge, The Trouble With You Lilian,
The Last of the Baskets, Spooner's Patch, Edna the Inebriate Woman
(1972 TV actress of the year), Till Death Us Do Part, 1 Tell You It's
Burt Reynolds, London Belongs to Me, Storm in a Teacup.
Films include Epitaph for a Spy, Nicholas Nickleby,
The Deep Blue Sea, Reach for Glory, Kill or Cure, The Sicilians, Hard Day's
Night, Heironymous Merkin, Goodbye Mr Chips, Fragment of Fear, Love thy
Neighbour, The Corn is Green.
Theatre includes: at the NT A Month in the Country, Serjeant Musgrave's
Dance, Don Juan TV: includes: The Quiet Days of Mrs Stafford,
Ill Fares the Land Films include: Remembrance.
Theatre includes: founder member of Bruvvers community theatre in Newcastle,
repertory at Nottingham, Plymouth, Basingstoke, Watermill Newbury, Crucible
Sheffield, Thorndyke Leatherhead. NT: Danton's Death, Don Juan.
TV: includes: Tales of the Unexpected, Shoestring, Company and
Co, Maybury, Never the Twain.
Theatre in London includes: appearing in 30 plays at the Mermaid and
directing 18 others. NT includes: Othello, Much Ado About Nothing,
Royal Hunt of the Sun, Uncle Vanya (all at the Old Vic), and
A Month in the Country, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Don Juan, Danton's
Death (South Bank) West End includes: Lock Up Your Daughters,
Blitz. Over 200 TV: appearances. Films include: Young Winston,
Land That Time Forgot, Oh What a Lovely War, Julius Caesar,
Poor Cow, Aces High.
Theatre includes: Find Your Way Home (Open Space),
Duck Song (RSC), Saved, Narrow Road to the Deep North, Early
Morning, Christie In Love, Only Way Out, Class Enemy, The Removalist, Inside
Out (all at the Royal Court), The Provok'd Wife (Greenwich),
Dick Turpin (Mermaid), Double Exposure (Intimate
Theatre Palmers Green) TV: includes: Blake's Seven, Quatermass, Out,
The XYY Man, Cranford, The Jensen Code, Father Brown, Callan, The Hanged
Man, Ten Commandments, Warship, Treasure Island, Shoestring, Minder, The
Professionals, The House That Bled to Death, The Gentle Touch, Blood Royal
- Blood Money, The Chinese Detective, Billy's Blues, Jangles, The Deadly
Game, also presented Play School Films: A Nightingale
Sang, The Set Up, Dream House, Take It Or Leave It.
Theatre includes: seven years in repertory, including two with Nottingham
Playhouse In London: Celebration (Duchess Theatre), Serjeant
Musgrave's Dance, Macbeth, Trixie and Baba, Narrow Road to the Deep North,
The Double Dealer, The Sea, Bingo, The Fool, The Good Woman of Setzuan
(all at the Royal Court), Rose (Duke of York's); at Stratford
Ontario: Hedda Gabler. TV includes: The Forsyte Saga,
The Misfi't, Six Days of Justice, Hunter's Walk, General Hospital, The Winslow
Boy, Lady of the Camelias, Two's Company, The Imitation Game, Chalk and
Cheese, The Gentle Touch, Cowboys, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Boy
Who Won the Pools. Most recent film: The Patricia Neal Story.
Theatre includes: work at Nottingham, Leatherhead, Edinburgh. At the
Royal Court: A Collier's Friday Night, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd,
Lear. ICA: Stone. NT: State of Revolution, Brand,
Macbeth, The Woman, Strife, The Fruits of Enlightenment, As You Like It,
Richard III, Danton's Death, Don Juan. TV: includes: The Life
Swappers, Dickens of London, The Wood Demon, Atrocity. Films include:
Work at the Royal Court, where he was Associate Director from 1970 to
72, includes: A Collier's Friday Night, The Local Stigmatic, The Ruffian
on the Stair, A Provincial Life (which he also adapted), A
Soldier's Fortune, The Daughter in Law, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Life
Price, The Duchess of Malfi, Crete and Sergeant Pepper, The Merry- Go-Round
(which he also adapted), and his own plays Over Gardens Out, The Sleepers'
Den, and Small Change. RSC Twelfth Night.
At Riverside Studios, where he was director from 1976 to 80, directed
As You Like It, Small Change, The Cherry Orchard, The Changeling,
Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Scrape off the Black. Work abroad
includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Connecticut),
Hedda Gabler, Macbeth (Stratford Ontario), Landscape,
Silence (Lincoln Center, New York), Fishing (Public
Theater, New York). NT A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado
About Nothing, Danton's Death.
Work includes: designing over 40 plays at Victoria Theatre Stoke on Trent.
In London: Old King Cole (Stratford East), Ecstasy, Uncle Vanya
(Hampstead), Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Plays Umbrella Season
(Riverside) Member of the British theatre designers who won 1st prize at
1979 Prague Quadriennale Exhibition NT: A Month in the Country, Don
Juan, Much Ado About Nothing, The Prince of Homburg, Danton's Death.
Theatre includes: work with Common Stock, Theatre Royal Stratford East,
Recreation Ground, Theatr Clwyd Mold, Soho Poly Huckleberry Finn,
Roadshows, Frankenstein, Scapin, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard,
The Rover, The Country Wife (all in repertory). Resident composer
at Unicorn Theatre writing for 20 productions including The Golden
Samurai, School for Clowns, Lizzie Dripping, Cymbeline, The Merchant of
Venice. For Shared Experience La Ronde, A Handful of Dust.
RSC: King Lear. TV: Plays for Today- Buses, Not for the
Likes of Us; The Boys from the Black Stuff Radio includes:
Tom Jones, The Dream Play, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance.
Recently lit shows at Oxford Playhouse, New End Hampstead, King's Head,
Arts. NT: Overruled (Young Vic), Crossing Niagara, Bloody
Neighbours (ICA), Emigres, Troilus and Cressida (with
David Hersey), Bread (Young Vic), Strawberry Fields,
Camilla Ringbinder Show, Bow Down, The Passion (with William Dudley),
Half Life, Love Letters on Blue Paper, Herod, Don Juan (Cottesloe),
Much Ado About Nothing, Danton's Death (Olivier),
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Set built and painted by NT workshops and Kimpton Walker. Surrounds made
and dyed by Ken Creasey Props by NT workshops. Thanks to William L. Maclean
Ltd, Brighton, and to the Salvation Army for their help. Costumes by NT
workshops, Bonn & Mackenzie, William Baboo at Permode. Wigs by NT workshops
Ladies' hats by Lorraine McKee Shoes by Anello & Davide and Gamba Wardrobe
care by Lever Brothers.