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Watford Palace Theatre produces a revival of Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy, Arms and the Man

Bernard Shaw spent the last forty years of his life in Hertfordshire and this Autumn Watford Palace Theatre – Hertfordshire’s oldest professional producing theatre is staging a revival of one of Shaw’s earliest works. Arms and the Man is a romantic comedy which takes place during the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. The play will be directed by Brigid Larmour, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Watford Palace Theatre.

Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man tells the story of Raina, a beautiful young women who is in love with Sergius, a dashing and heroic young officer. But when Captain Bluntschli, a battle hardened professional soldier on the losing side appears in Raina’s bedroom she finds that there is a great deal more to love and war than she first thought.

Arms and the Man is a sparkling romantic comedy which tackles our illusions and ideals with all the wit, vigour and romance of a golden-age Hollywood movie.

Brigid Larmour, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Watford Palace Theatre most recently directed Coming Up at Watford Palace Theatre; Jefferson’s Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best New Play 2015); Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s Love Me Do (co-directed with Shona Morris); Fourteen by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatt; and Shakespeare’s As You Like It; and pantomimes Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood by Andrew Pollard.

Director Brigid Larmour said: “It’s striking how modern the play feels. Shaw is very funny – and of course a bit provocative – about our illusions of love and war. We’re keeping the play in period, but giving it a fresh, modern style.”

The cast features some new and familiar faces to Watford Palace Theatre including; Hannah Morrish (Call the Midwife, BBC and Flowering Cherry, Finborough Theatre), Pete Ashmore (Private Lives, Mercury Theatre Colchester), Assad Zaman (A Midsummer’s Night Dream, New Wolsey Behind The Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre), Kathryn O’Reilly (A View From Islington North, Karl Sydow & Out of Joint Arts Theatre Leicester Square), Walter van Dyk (Dick Whittington, Equally Divided for Watford Palace Theatre ), Jill McCausland (Call the Midwife, BBC and Dick Whittington, Watford Palace Theatre) and David Webber (Sweet Bird of Youth, Old Vic and Government Inspector, Young Vic)

Arms and the Man is presented by Watford Palace Theatre from Friday 30 September – Saturday 22 October 2016.

Press Night will be held on Wednesday 5 October at 7.30pm.

For tickets please visit: or call 01923 225671.

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