The Philanderer

BY BERNARD SHAW
12 May 2016 — 25 June 2015

★★★★ "Paul Miller’s production is a total delight... a splendid cast" Michael Arditti, Sunday Express

"Paul Miller’s rare and invigorating revival... Dorothea Myer-Bennett is outstanding as Julia, suggesting a tiger advancing stealthily on its prey, the crop-haired Helen Bradbury exudes a beautiful poise as the amazing Grace and there is good work from Rupert Young as the egotistical Leonard and Michael Lumsden as Julia’s army-bred dad." Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★"Paul Miller's scintillating in-the-round production... moves at a cracking pace... how refreshingly modern the piece feels, the writing of the dialogue is masterly, and this is a superb cast... Leonard Charteris is all rumpled charm and biting wit shot through with sudden shafts of surprising cruelty in Rupert Young's debonair performance... elegant Helen Bradbury... (Dorothea Myer-Bennett, wonderfully funny...  Michael Lumsden is in fine comic form ...  Paksie Vernon sparkles ... Mark Tandy is great fun... Christopher Staines delivers a master class in high comedy acting." Alun Hood, Whatsonstage

★★★★ "The lively script fizzes with witty one-liners... This sense of playfulness carries through in Simon Daw’s elegant design" Dave Fargnoli, The Stage

"a prescient play...  Despite the title, this is actually a play about women. About the tough times and triumphs we faced in finding a way to be in charge of our lives. It scythes through sentiment... Helen Bradbury is beautifully cool as the other woman involved in a sexual triangle which is also an intellectual boxing match." Susannah Clapp, The Observer

"a comedy that’s brought to fizzing life by Orange Tree artistic director Paul Miller" Alice Saville, Time Out 

"This comedy, first seen in 1907 but speaking eloquently to the 21st-century viewer... a vast wealth of humour." Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide