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The Millionairess

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    London, the mid-1930s.

  • Synopsis

    "Though this play of The Millionairess does not pretend to be anything more than a comedy of humorous and curious contemporary characters such as Ben Jonson might write were he alive now, yet it raises a question that has troubled human life and moulded human society since the creation" (Preface, 1935). A play about the gaps between rich and poor, later made into a popular 1960 film starring Peter Sellars and Sophia Loren.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    27 June 1952

  • Production Notes

    'The Millionairess' was first performed in German by the Burgtheater in Vienna on the 4th January 1936 and was performed by amateur groups in both England and Australia later in that same year. The New Theatre performance listed here was the first professional production of the play in English.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Presented at the New Theatre, London.

Original Cast  
Julius Sagamore Campbell Cotts
Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga Fitzfassenden Katherine Hepburn
Alastair Fitzfassenden Peter Dynley
Patricia Smith Meriel Forbes
Adrian Blenderbland Cyril Ritchard
The Doctor Robert Helpmann
The Man (Joe) Bertram Shuttleworth
The Woman ( the Man's Wife) Nora Nicholson
Hotel Manager Vernon Greeves

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6

  • Year

    1973

  • Published By

    The Bodley Head

  • Address

    England

  • ISBN

    0370102258

  • Title

    Plays Extravagant: Too True to be Good; The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles; The Millionairess

  • Year

    1991

  • Published By

    Penguin

  • Address

    80 Strand Street
    London WC2R 0RL
    England

  • Email

    customer.services@penguin.co.uk

  • Website

    www.penguin.co.uk

  • ISBN

    978-0140450316

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The Information for this entry was taken from The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6.