Heartbreak House

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A fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes, by Bernard Shaw.

In his 1919 preface, Shaw described the play as `cultured, leisured Europe before the war'.

Begun in 1916, the play is a witty satire on the Bohemian classes, the horse-riding classes and the pragmatic politicians and capitalists who hover between the two.

Amidst the farce, they are not indifferent to the impending danger but seem unable to help themselves, `like moths round a candle'.

With John Wood, Eleanor Bron, Cheryl Campbell and David Troughton.

Director Janet Whitaker