1969 – “Arms and the Man” by George Bernard Shaw

Posted on: June 1, 1969

First produced in 1885, this mild satire, the first of Shaw’s”Plays Pleasant”, is set in the Petkoff household in Bulgaria in 1885 and highlights the illusions of war, romance and class. Captain Bluntschli, a battle-weary Swiss mercenary fighting for the Serbian army, takes refuge in Raina Petkoff’s bedchamber, where she hides him from the authorities and, subsequently, helps him to flee.
In response to his matter-of-fact account of the war, in which he debunks the heroism of her fiancé Major Sergius Seranoff, Raina at first ridicules the intruder’s cowardliness but ultimately appreciates his honesty. Some time later, after the war is over, Bluntschli returns. By the end of the play, Sergius has promised himself to the maidservant Louka, the manservant Nicole, willingly forgoes his claim to her, and Raina has become engaged to Bluntschli, who has just inherited a number of Swiss hotels.


Captain BluntschliAdolf Wimmer
Major Sergius SaranoffHeinz Friedrich
Major PetkoffUlf Prack
Nicola (a servant)Gernot Pflüger
A Russian OfficerKlaus Zelewitz
Raina PetkoffAngelika Rohm
Catherine PetkoffSylvie Stehlik
Louka (their maid)Ilse Lackenbauer


ProducerStephen Curtis
Set-DesignerRobert Müller
Business ManagerWolfgang Peschat
Wardrobe MistressJanet Orson
Sound EffectsNorbert Müller
LightingKurt Krammer
Karl Schimpl
PrompterGerlinde Kaserer
Property MistressMarlis Haider
Make UpRobert Müller
PhotographsKurt Krammer
Programme NotesWilfried Wieden

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