The Breadwinner

BY SOMERSET MAUGHAM
17 April 2013 — 18 May 2013


FOUR STARS
“The Orange Tree has long had the happy knack of dusting down almost forgotten plays from the past and proving that they still have something to say to us now. Somerset Maugham’s The Breadwinner, first staged in 1930, proves a particularly piquant rediscovery.” Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
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"Fantasies of flight fuelled the life and work of Somerset Maugham. They are also the governing theme of this compellingly cruel 1930 comedy, which forms a fascinating companion piece to previous plays by Githa Sowerby and GB Stern in the Orange Tree season." Michael Billington, The Guardian 
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"Auriol Smith’s polished production does justice to an enjoyable and deceptively provocative play, with plenty to say today."Tom Wicker, Time Out
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“An enjoyable, illuminating and prescient evening” 
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
 
“So enjoyable and well-preserved is this Maugham revival that you wonder why The Breadwinner is produced so rarely.” The Stage
 
"the Orange Tree carries on its splendid work of joining the gaps in our theatrical knowledge through its intriguing season of revivals of plays about earning a wage."
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard 
 
“Romping its way through questions of love, beauty and the economic situation... A prescient and al