Major Barbara archiveSet in London in 1905 during the height of British military and industrial might, this comedy reveals the conflict between power and poverty. The play begins as Lady Britomart Undershaft reaches out to her estranged husband, a highly successful arms manufacturer, for financial support. Andrew Undershaft is first and foremost a businessman, who profits handsomely from the bloodshed his products cause. By comparison his eldest daughter, Barbara, is a committed evangelist who runs a shelter in London's inner city. When her Father offers to help fund the struggling mission, Barbara, who is already a Major in the Salvation Army and engaged to Greek Scholar Adolphus Cusins by the time of the play, is forced to re-evaluate her own outlook on wealth and charity, to the point of questioning her own faith. Major Barbara is a woman on a mission to save the poor of society using charity and servitude, but this reunion with her arms-manufacturing, millionaire father who believes that charity serves only to keep the poor in their place, threatens to shake the foundations of her beliefs. Media Partner for Travelex £10 Tickets - The Independent. Television Media Partner of Travelex £10 Tickets - skyARTS Channel 267.


Simon Russell Beale (Andrew Undershaft), Clare Higgins (Lady Britomart Undershaft), Hayley Atwell (Barbara Undershaft), Paul Ready (Adolphus Cusins), Paul Anderson (Snobby Price), Tom Andrews (Charles Lomax), Ian Burfield (Bill Walker), Katharine Burford (Jenny Hill), Martin Chamberlain (Bilton), Alasdair Craig (Ensemble), Patrick Drury (Peter Shirley), Keiran Flynn (Ensemble), Jessica Gunning (Sarah Undershaft), John Hefferman (Stephen Undershaft), Derek Howard (Morrison), Stephanie Jacob (Rummy Mitchens), Barbara Kirby (Ensemble), Maggie McCarthy (Mrs Baines), Pamela Merrick (Ensemble), Richard Shanks (Ensemble), Lizzie Winkler (Ensemble), Pamela Merrick, Richard Shanks


Author: George Bernard Shaw
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Producer: National Theatre
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Design: Tom Pye
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Music: Matthew Scott
Costume: Vicki Mortimer
Sound: Mike Walker
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Major Barbara

Major Barbara (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01899888445. Details of all Major Barbara archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4125

Archive Listings

26 Feb 08
3 Jul 08
Olivier (National Theatre)
West End
Greater London

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