a romantic comedy by John Morogiello
26 March – 5 May 2012
26 March – 5 May 2012
Performances daily at 7.30pm, ex. Sundays
approx. at 9.45pm
“Engaging Shaw” is a razor-sharp comedy which follows the battle of wits and the real life romance between the wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend and playwright Bernard Shaw.
When proud and resolute Charlotte meets Shaw for the first time, he is all vanity and ego, despite the fact that none of his plays have yet been produced. Yet she is instantly mesmerised by the charismatic intellectual and soon starts to make herself indispensible to him. Their two-year courtship is hard and rocky but when Charlotte finds to her dismay she’s more conventional than she’d imagined, she maps out a strategy to catch the philanderer as assiduously as a general would plan a war campaign.
“Engaging Shaw is a charming romantic comedy featuring four razor-sharp tongues. If there’s a minute of the play that’s less than clever, you’ll be hard pressed to find it.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
…a spirited and intelligent combat of words and sparkling banter.” – VARIETY
Cast & Creative Team
There will be one intermission of twenty minutes.
No photographs or recording allowed in the theatre without prior permission from the management.
All quotations from the works and letters of Bernard Shaw are used by permission of the Society of Authors on behalf of the estate of Bernard Shaw.
Excerpts from The Historic Basis of Socialism by Sidney Webb are taken from Fabian Essays on Socialism published by the Fabian Society in 1889. They are used with permission of the publisher and the London School of Politics and Economics.
Excerpts from the diaries of Beatrice Webb are taken from a microform holograph of the original diary and the accompanying typescript published by Chadwyck-Healey in 1978. They are used with permission of the publisher and the London School of Politics and Economics.
Engaging Shaw received its World Premiere at Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, Vermont, produced by Langdon Brown; its American East Coast Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company (SuzAnne Barabas, Artistic Director); and its New York Premiere at Abingdon Theatre Company (Jan Buttram, Artistic Director).