West End and Broadway leading lady HELEN ANKER plays Hesione Hushabye gathering the outrageously eccentric family of Captain Shotover together in their country house to save her young protégé from a marriage of convenience to an ageing industrialist.
But the bride to be is not as naive as she appears, inconvenient sexual desires bubble to the surface in the most unusual places and all the while what we think of as Europe, teeters on the brink of self-destruction.
Bernard Shaw’s classic, pitch-black comedy of manners exposes the deceptions, passions and pursuits of England’s ruling class in an entertaining, gently political satire that’s as biting amidst today’s uncertainty over Europe as it was when it was performed a century ago.
The first production in the Union Theatre’s ESSENTIAL CLASSICS 2018 season comprising of Shaw’s HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Bizet’s CARMEN and Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Three topical productions from the Phil Willmott Company in which great playwrights and composers of the past have reflect on issues similar to those we face today.
CAST: HELEN ANKER – Hesione Hushabye, LIANNE HARVEY – Ellie Dunn, TOBY SPEARPOINT – Randal Utterward, BEN PORTER – Manzini Dunn, J.P. TURNER – Boss Manghan, MAT BETTERIDGE – Hector Hushabye, FRANCESCA BURGOYNE – Lady Utterward, JAMES HORNE – Captain Shotover, ALISON MEAD – Nurse Guinness, RICHARD HARFST – The Burglar
HELEN ANKER: Helen Anker’s roles in the West End include Zelda Fitzgerald in BEAUTIFUL & DAMNED (Apollo Theatre), Girl on the Swing in Susan Stroman’s CONTACT (Queens Theatre), Ivy Smith in ON THE TOWN at ENO and Mrs Phagan/Sally Slaton in PARADE directed by Rob Ashford (Donmar Warehouse). She continued her association with Ashford in New York playing Miss Olson in his Broadway production of PROMISES PROMISES, alongside Sean Hayes & Kristin Chenoweth and in CAROUSEL at Houston Grand Opera. Other notable work in the U.S includes Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY at The Guthrie Theatre and Guinevere in CAMELOT at the Chanhassen Theatre, Minneapolis. States side her TV work includes appearances in WHITE COLLAR, LAW AND ORDER and THE GOOD WIFE.
PHIL WILLMOTT: Phil Willmott’s recent sell-out shows at the Union include Brecht’s FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH, the UK premiere of THREE SISTERS in a new version by Tracy Letts, and the Sondheim musicals ROAD SHOW and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE.
“George Bernard Shaw’s comedy about British gentry waltzing toward the apocalypse still sends a shiver down the spine, almost a century after it was written” THE NEW YORK TIMES.
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