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The Six of Calais

A Medieval War Story


  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    Calais, August 1347

  • Synopsis

    The story of the Siege of Calais, as lead by King Edward III of England. The King plans to punish the town by hanging six of its burghers; the Queen, however, has other ideas.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production the cast listed here also played various other minor roles, courtiers, soldiers, etc.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    17 July 1934

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London.

Original Cast  
Edward III Charles Carson
Jacques de Wissant E.S. Kenney
Gilles d'Oudebolle Derek Prentice
Jean d'Aire Frank Tickle
Piers de Wissant Clement Hamelin
Piers De Rosty Leonard Shepherd
Eustache de St. Pierre Vincent Sternroyd
Queen Phillipa of Hainault Phyllis Neilson-Terry
John of Gaunt Leonard Thorne
The Black Prince Hubert Gregg
A Court Lady Greer Garson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6

  • Year


  • Published By

    The Bodley Head

  • Address


  • ISBN


Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 7.