Mrs Warren's Profession

Mrs Warren's Profession

by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Ted Warner


Shaw writes of the play that it was "stigmatised by the Lord Chancellor as immoral and otherwise improper for the stage".  That was in 1894.  Why?  Partly because it dealt with - albeit in impeccable taste - the social institution of prostitution, which, Shaw says is "organised and exploited as a big international commerce for the profit of capitalists like any other commerce, and very lucrative to great city estates, including Church estates, through the rents of the houses in which it is practiced."

Another reason it so shocked Victorian sensibilities was because he suggests that poor women turn to prostitution "to keep body and soul together."  He goes on, "Indeed, all attractive unpropertied women lose money by being infallibly virtuous or contracting marriages that are not more or less venal."  Well, Mrs Warren is just such a woman.  But the play is really about the relationship between Mrs Warren and her daughter, Vivie, whom she brought up, on the proceeds of her profession, to be 'respectable' and the effect on Vivie when she learns of the source of her virtuous upbringing.



Miss Vivie Warren Joy Pritchard
Mr Praed Hugh Dower
Frank Gardner Nigel Dring
Mrs Warren Ruth Andrews
Sir George Crofts Alex Ogden
The Rev Samuel Gardner Tim Bradford



Stage Management Pauline Uprichard, Angela Hunter & Ivonne Lowe
Lighting Patrick Markham
Set Construction and Decoration Ian Uprichard & Graham Davidson
Sound Ryan Dring
Continuity Jenny Brundle
Wardrobe Noreen Bradford
Publicity Marjorie Blatherwick & Mary Davidson
Box Office Vicki Makin
Poster Design Diana Elrington
House Manager Keith Rylands-Bolton