Post by Dr Jan Brock on Sept 11, 2017 15:07:05 GMT
I saw the 1986 John Caird RSC production of it at the Barbican, strongly cast with Brian Cox. Not much good. Since then I've stopped seeing anything by the old windbag Shaw. Might work better in the smaller space of the Orange Tree I suppose.
Not at all helpful but I also saw the RSC production in the Barbican Theatre and can't now remember anything about it or how I felt about it at the time.
It was not memorable. A sort of country house comedy almost like Wodehouse but without the style or humour and added political lectures. Richard McCabe was in it too and was rather good. They did give it a big production which may not have helped, I seem to remember a plane or plane crash in it ?
Based on the New York production I saw in 1981 (and still vividly remember), it's a delightful play. An underwear manufacturer and his eccentric family meet a Polish aviatrix who crash-lands her airplane in their greenhouse. It's like "Heartbreak House" but really funny.