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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.
Performers Emma Cunniffe, Michael Colgan, Sorcha Cusack, David Horovitch, John Conroy, Laura Cox, Sam Crane, Lisa Jackson, Rufus Jones, Kate Layden, Jack Lord, Francis Magee, Olivia Poulet.
Author George Bernard Shaw. Producer Royal Exchange Theatre. Director Greg Hersov. Design Conor Murphy. Lighting Bruno Poet. Sound Steve Brown. Other Poll Moussoulides (dialects).

Major Barbara

Major Barbara (Play) production archive for QTIX code T129604162. Details of all Major Barbara archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4125

Archive Listings

12 May 04
to
19 Jun 04
Royal Exchange
Manchester
Greater Manchester

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