22nd Nov, 2019

Shaw's masterpiece at Malvern

Malvern Editorial 22nd Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE TRULY incredible story of a mother who used her unconventional career to fund her daughter’s luxurious life-style is to be told at Malvern Theatres.

A brand new production of Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession will be stopping off in the town from Tuesday, July 28 until Saturday, August 1 before it goes on a national tour.

The play tells the tale of Vivie Warren, a young Cambridge graduate, who is horrified to learn her education and entire life-style has been supported by her mother’s career as a brothel owner.

Due to its frank portrayal of Mrs Warren’s profession, this rarely performed play was originally banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain.

Written in 1894, it was not allowed go on show to the public for the next 30 years and during its first performance in New York, the police stopped the play and arrested the cast.

George Bernard Shaw’s period drama is full of insight and humane understanding, with moments of comedy as well as pathos and ranks as one of his masterpieces alongside Pygmalion, Saint Joan and Man and Superman.

The role of Mrs Warren is considered to be one of the greatest female acting roles and this production explores the choices women of the time were forced to make. It is arguably one of the earliest feminist plays.

The evening shows will start at 7.45pm on the Tuesday and Saturday while matinees will begin at 2pm on the Thursday and Saturday.

Call the box office on 01242 572573 for more. Tickets are between £13 and £28.

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