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Major Barbara

by Bernard Shaw
Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Major Barbara works tirelessly for the poor at a Salvation Army shelter until a large but morally dubious donation is welcomed from her estranged father, a millionaire weapons manufacturer. But when she visits the factory itself, the well-fed workers in their thriving model town make a devastating case for arms trade profits and a whole new set of ideals.

Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.

The National's recent production of Saint Joan suggested that Shaw may be our most provocative contemporary playwright.

Simon Russell Beale plays the millionaire, Undershaft, in this radical state-of-the-nation play which confronts the big questions with brutal panache.

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty… our first duty - a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed - is not to be poor.

Feb 2008
Tue 26 (Preview), Wed 27 (Preview), Thu 28 (Preview), Fri 29 (Preview)

Mar 2008
Sat 1 (Preview), Mon 3 (Preview), Tue 4 (Press, 7:00 pm), Wed 5 (2:00 pm), Wed 5, Wed 12, Thu 13, Fri 14, Sat 15 (2:00 pm), Sat 15, Mon 31

Apr 2008
Tue 1 (Captioned), Wed 2, Thu 3, Fri 4 (Audio Described), Sat 5 (Audio Described, 2:00 pm), Sat 5
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