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Heartbreak House

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    Period - Late September Captain Shotover's Villa in Sussex

  • Synopsis

    The reverberations of World War I permeate Shaw's tragi-comedy of manners. Ellie Dunn, a no-nonsense young woman engaged to a much older, wealthy man, Boss Mangan comes to visit the country house of Captain Shotover, a wise old sea dog, who has many witticisms to impart about British men & women in wartime.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    4

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    10 November 1920

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Garrick Theatre

Original Cast  
Captain Shotover Albert Perry
Nurse Guinness Helen Westley
Lady Utterword Lucille Watson
Hesione Hushabye Effie Shannon
Mazzini Dunn Erskine Sanford
Hector Hushabye Fred Eric
Alfred 'Boss' Mangan Dudley Digges
Randall Utterword Ralph Roeder
The Burglar Henry Travers
Ellie Dunn Elizabeth Risdon

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