adapted by Jerome Kilty
from the correspondence of Bernard Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell
9 Sept – 19 Oct 2013
9 Sept – 19 Oct 2013

Performances daily at 7.30pm, ex. Sundays

Ticket sales from 19 Aug 2013

55 minutes
20 minutes
55 minutes
approx. at 9.40 pm


Jerome Kilty’s Dear Liar marks the very beginning of the 50-year success story that is Vienna’s English Theatre. In 1963 founder Ruth Brinkmann gave her debut as Mrs Patrick Campbell, directed by her husband, co-founder Franz Schafranek, in the Palais Erzherzog Karl in the heart of Vienna. More than any other piece, this show has played a major part in the theatre’s history and thus provides the perfect opening production for the Jubilee Season.

Dear Liar is based upon the enthralling 40-year correspondence between dramatist, Bernard Shaw and legendary actress, Beatrice Stella Campbell known to all as Mrs Patrick Campbell; the letters that hurtled between the pair chronicle the intriguing relationship between these two fascinating and head-strong personalities. Stella and Joey – as the actress fondly called Shaw – are constantly at odds with one another, chiding, wounding, obstinate, cheeky, rude and even downright foolish; and yet, this verbal warfare never diminished their passionate affection for one another. To this day, Shaw’s and Campbell’s “love affair on paper” remains deeply moving.

Cast & Creative Team

Moir Leslie
Richard Derrington

Tom Littler
Terry Parsons
William Reynolds
There will be one intermission of twenty minutes.

No photographs or recording allowed in the theatre without prior permission from the management.