The Philanderer

Festival Theatre

| June 26 – October 12

Designed by SUE LEPAGE
Lighting designed by KEVIN LAMOTTE
Original music and sound by MARK BENNETT

The Philanderer is presented by special arrangement with

“Whose fault is it that half the women I speak to
fall in love with me?”


The Philanderer. Photos by David Cooper and Emily Cooper.


The rules for joining the Ibsen Club are simple: if a candidate is female, she cannot be womanly, and if male, not manly. Leonard Charteris, one of the club’s leading philosophers, also happens to be its leading philanderer. Two women have fallen in love with him, but the one he wants doesn’t want him – and, naturally, the one he doesn’t want can’t live without him. This comedy about love and sex was so daring, a friend who read the play told him to burn the final act. For the first time, the Shaw Festival will stage the play as Shaw had first intended. Why was he so willing to discard the act? As one critic wrote, “In short, the reason why Act III was abandoned – was not the unpreparedness of the playwright, but that of the audience.”

The battle of the sexes has made for wonderful drama throughout the history of theatre and, as always, Shaw took on the idea and pushed it just a little bit further with his unrepentant Philanderer and the women in his life. Our staging of Shaw’s original version will show you why his ideas were considered so
scandalous – still packing a punch today! -JM

The Philanderer is recommended for ages 15+

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one intermission.