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Mrs Warren’s Profession
November 9, 2022 - November 19, 2022
What is Mrs Warren’s profession?
Mrs Warren’s daughter Vivie has never really known much about her mother. A sensible young woman, she has enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, a Cambridge education, a generous monthly allowance and now has ambitions to go into Law. Is it conceivable that her privilege and respectability has been financed from the profits of the world’s oldest profession? How will Vivie react when she finds out the startling truth about her mother’s business empire and that freedom comes at an emotional price?
Shaw’s acid test of a mother-daughter relationship is one of his wittiest and most provocative plays. Written in 1894 but banned for thirty years by a Lord Chamberlain who found it “immoral and improper”, Mrs Warren’s Profession is a ripe attack on English hypocrisy and its “fashionable morality”
British Comedy Award winner, Caroline Quentin’s many television roles have ranged from Men Behaving Badly, Kiss Me Kate and Jonathan Creek to Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, and Strictly Come Dancing, and she recently starred onstage in the National Theatre’s Jack Absolute Flies Again.
Simon Shepherd‘s many credits include ITV’s Peak Practice and the West End productions of Posh, The Duck House, Rapture, Art and Hay Fever.
Matthew Cottle has been a regular in many popular TV series including Game On, The Windsors and featured in Unforgotten, Bridgerton and Pistol.
Vivie is played by Caroline’s real-life daughter, Rose Quentin who recently created the role of Katrina Van Tassel on tour in the stage version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Anthony Banks was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2004 – 2014. His many directing credits include The Girl on the Train, Twilight Song, Gaslight, Strangers on a Train, After Miss Julie and My Cousin Rachel.