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Major Barbara to be Staged at Shaw Festival

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~ George Bernard Shaw

"There are only two things necessary to Salvation. Money and Gunpowder." Mary Haney as Lady Britomart and Benedict Campbell as Andrew Undershaft in Shaw Festival's Major Barbara.
(Photo Andre Lanthier)

A new production of Major Barbara, one of Bernard Shaw's works, will open Friday, (May 10) in the Shaw Festival's Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Director Jackie Maxwell, along with The Shaw's acting Ensemble and designer Judith Bowden, lighting designer Alan Brodie and composer/sound designer John Gzowski team to stage the play.

The plot is one where arms dealer Andrew Undershaft (Benedict Campbell) reunites with his daughter Barbara (Nicole Underhay), a major in the Salvation Army— each convinced their profession is the solution to solving poverty.   Major Barbara premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1905 and was last seen at The Shaw in 2005. This production marks the first time it will be staged in the intimate setting of the Royal George Theatre. Major Barbara will run until Oct. 19.   Running time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.




Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

May 07, 2013