Arms and The Man

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

| April 4 – October 18

by BERNARD SHAW
Directed by MORRIS PANYCH
Set designed by KEN MACDONALD
Costumes designed by CHARLOTTE DEAN
Lighting designed by JASON HAND
Original music by RYAN DESOUZA

“RIOTOUSLY FUNNY … A TRIP WORTH TAKING.”
– The Buffalo News

Arms and The Man. Photos by David Cooper and Emily Cooper.

 

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All’s fair in love and war – or is it? Worlds collide with delicious results when two opposing soldiers vie for the heart of an idealistic girl. Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War, Raina Petkoff is a young woman in love with love – and with Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of the war. One night, a Swiss mercenary soldier, Captain Bluntschli, bursts through Raina’s bedroom window and begs her to hide him. When he reassures her that he carries chocolates instead of a weapon, Raina agrees. After the war ends and both soldiers return for Raina, the real battle for true love begins. Subtitled “an antiromantic comedy,” it became one of Shaw’s most popular plays and one of his first commercial successes.

After the success of Major Barbara in the Royal George last season, I decided to bring Shaw’s most beloved comedy into this space for the first time allowing it to play out in a more intimate setting. This once again gives director Morris Panych and designer Ken MacDonald a chance to work their visual
magic on the George stage, so admired in
Our Betters (2013) and Design for Living (2006). -JM

ARMS AND THE MAN is recommended for ages 12+

Running time is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes with one intermission.