Charity Wakefield, Jamie Parker, Christopher Godwin & Frank Dillane star in
by Bernard Shaw, directed by Simon Godwin
3 - 20 July 2013
The Reverend James Morell is a genial, popular man of forty, robust and good-looking. He is a first rate clergyman, worshipped by the young curatenand secretary who work for him. His rousing sermons muster an enthusiastic congregation and he is in demand as a speaker from organisations ranging from the Hoxton Freedom Group to the English Land Restoration League.
Reverend Morell is most blessed in his wife. Candida, too is in her prime, with the double charm of youth and motherhood and clever enough to make the most of her attractions.
The Reverend’s life is thrown into turmoil when a beautiful eighteen year-old poet, Eugene Marchbanks, enters the family home one day, and declares that not only is he in love with Candida, but that he has reason to believe that his feelings are reciprocated...
In this exuberant romantic comedy, Shaw’s own favourite, questions of love and loyalty are explored in a brilliant fusion of wit, passion and politics.
Charity Wakefield’s television credits include the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility and Casualty 1909. On stage she appeared in The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre; Jamie Parker played Prince Hal in Henry VI Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V at Shakespeare’s Globe and starred in the orginal production of The History Boys; Christopher Godwin has worked extensively with the National Theatre, the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe; Frank Dillane played Tom Marvolo Riddle in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Simon Godwin is an Associate Director of the Royal Court. In 2010 he was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for Nick Payne’s Wanderlust at the Royal Court Theatre. He has recently directed Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude at the National Theatre.
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Simon Godwin's nifty production - Guardian
Hits all the right buttons ... the three main characters are deftly played... a very good evening - Public Reviews
A riot ... amid gales of laughter, the cast plays every absudity with relish. Reverend Morrell, likably and subtly played by Jamie Parker - The Times
The play pulsates with the endless agony of unrequited love ... The acts whizz by as fast as sets at Wimbledon ... Simon Godwin's production has a gorgeous set with doll's house angles - Daily Mail
The play demands - and gets - powerful performances from its principals. Jamie Parker and Frank Dillane star perfectly... Charity Wakefield blossoms, reducing her suitors to the level of squabbling schoolboys - Bristol Post
An absolute delight ... the theatre echoed to the sound of whoops and cheers as the curtain came down - Listomania Bath
Like some treasure that has been unexpectedly dusted off to reveal an item perfect for the 21st century - Bath Chronicle
There is much to enjoy in Simon Godwin's production - Guide2Bath
CastBack to top
Charity Wakefield, Jamie Parker, Christopher Godwin, Frank Dillane, Edwin Thomas, Joanna Herbert
InfoBack to top
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Wednesday 10 July 7pm
Thursday Matinees: 11, 18 July 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 6, 13, 20 July 2.30pm
Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £19.00 £24.50 £26.50 £29.50 £31.50
Sat eve: £21.50 £25.50 £27.50 £30.50 £33.50
Thur mat: £17.50 £23.00 £25.00 £29.00 £30.00
Running Time: Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval)