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The Millionairess


  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    London, the mid-1930s.

  • Notes

    The Millionairess was first performed in German by the Burgtheater in Vienna on the 4th January 1936 and was performed by amateur groups in both England and Australia later in that same year. The details listed here refer to the first professional production in Dublin in 1938. The play's first West End production took place on 27 June 1952 at the New Theatre starring Katherine Hepburn in the role of Epifania.

  • Synopsis

    "Though this play of The Millionairess does not pretend to be anything more than a comedy of humorous and curious contemporary characters such as Ben Jonson might write were he alive now, yet it raises a question that has troubled human life and moulded human society since the creation" (Preface, 1935). A play about the gaps between rich and poor, later made into a popular 1960 film starring Peter Sellars and Sophia Loren.

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    04 July 1938

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Sydney Russell.

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  • Original Venue

    Gaiety Theatre

Original Cast  
Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga Fitzfassenden Marie Ney
Alastair Fitzfassenden Guy Spaull
Patricia Smith Betty Dorian
The Woman ( the Man's Wife) Beatrice Low
Julius Sagamore P.H. Considine
The Doctor Miles Otway
Adrian Blenderbland Robert Syers
Hotel Manager Allan McClelland
The Man (Joe) Sydney Russell
Production Team  
Director Sydney Russell

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6

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  • Published By

    The Bodley Head

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  • Title

    Plays Extravagant: Too True to be Good; The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles; The Millionairess

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  • Address

    80 Strand Street
    London WC2R 0RL

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from press cuttings, the published script and Nicholas Grene and Deirdre McFeely's compilation "Shaw Productions in Ireland, 1900-2009" published in Shaw Vol. 10 (2010).