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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.

Author George Bernard Shaw.

Archive listings for Major Barbara

Work type: Play.


Company Tower Theatre Company. Director Jacqui Marchant-Adams. Design Michael Bettell. Lighting Rob Irvine. Costume Lily Ann Green.
17 Feb 15 to 21 Feb 15Theatro Technis, Inner London :: V248
listing details L629362816


Media Partner for Travelex £10 Tickets - The Independent. Television Media Partner of Travelex £10 Tickets - skyARTS Channel 267.Corporate Sponsor Travelex. Producer National Theatre. Director Nicholas Hytner. Design Tom Pye. Lighting Paul Pyant. Music Matthew Scott. Costume Vicki Mortimer. Sound Mike Walker. Performer Simon Russell Beale (Andrew Undershaft). Performer Clare Higgins (Lady Britomart Undershaft). Performer Hayley Atwell (Barbara Undershaft). Performer Paul Ready (Adolphus Cusins). Performer Paul Anderson (Snobby Price). Performer Tom Andrews (Charles Lomax). Performer Ian Burfield (Bill Walker). Performer Katharine Burford (Jenny Hill). Performer Martin Chamberlain (Bilton). Performer Alasdair Craig (Ensemble). Performer Patrick Drury (Peter Shirley). Performer Keiran Flynn (Ensemble). Performer Jessica Gunning (Sarah Undershaft). Performer John Hefferman (Stephen Undershaft). Performer Derek Howard (Morrison). Performer Stephanie Jacob (Rummy Mitchens). Performer Barbara Kirby (Ensemble). Performer Maggie McCarthy (Mrs Baines). Performer Pamela Merrick (Ensemble). Performer Richard Shanks (Ensemble). Performer Lizzie Winkler (Ensemble). Performer Pamela Merrick. Performer Richard Shanks.
26 Feb 08 to 3 Jul 08Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
listing details L1724509962


Producer Orange Tree. Director Sam Walters. Design William Roberts. Lighting John Harris. Performer David Antrobus. Performer Robert Austin. Performer Jan Carey. Performer Stuart Fox. Performer Mark Frost. Performer Nick Gadd. Performer Matt Houlihan. Performer Jacqueline King. Performer Geoff Leesley. Performer Sarah Manton. Performer Charity Reindorp. Performer Paula Stockbridge. Performer Octavia Walters.
18 Oct 06 to 9 Dec 06Orange Tree Theatre, Outer London :: V321
listing details L1853802309


Producer Royal Exchange Theatre. Director Greg Hersov. Design Conor Murphy. Lighting Bruno Poet. Sound Steve Brown. Other Poll Moussoulides (dialects). Performer Emma Cunniffe. Performer Michael Colgan. Performer Sorcha Cusack. Performer David Horovitch. Performer John Conroy. Performer Laura Cox. Performer Sam Crane. Performer Lisa Jackson. Performer Rufus Jones. Performer Kate Layden. Performer Jack Lord. Performer Francis Magee. Performer Olivia Poulet.
12 May 04 to 19 Jun 04Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
listing details L373228773


Company Wanstead Players Production.
18 Oct 01 to 20 Oct 01Kenneth More Theatre, Outer London :: V313
listing details L710970396


Company Talisman Theatre Company.
28 May 01 to 2 Jun 01Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre, Kenilworth :: V129
listing details L1734634111


Company Michael Friend Productions. Director Michael Friend. Design Fiona-Marie Chivers. Lighting Leigh Porter.
8 Jul 99 to 10 Jul 99Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
listing details L722407051
22 Jun 99Key Theatre, Peterborough :: V27
listing details L01690267962
10 Jun 99 to 12 Jun 99Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton :: V795
listing details L952752978
8 Jun 99 to 9 Jun 99The Harlequin, Redhill :: V707
listing details L0893246533
1 Jun 99 to 5 Jun 99Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
listing details L01902509261


Director Peter Hall. Design John Gunter. Performer Peter Bowles. Performer Anna Carteret. Performer David Yelland. Performer Jemma Redgrave.
1 May 98 to 26 Sep 98Piccadilly Theatre, West End :: V406
listing details L0707837178

Other listings

5 Jul 99 to 7 Jul 99Wyvern Theatre, Swindon :: V928
listing details L01282218795

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