Alex Bhat, Joe Bolland, Jordan Mifsúd, Dorothea Myer-Bennett and Hara Yannas will appear in the two short plays that make up SHAW SHORTS – How He Lied to Her Husband and Overruled. Our first plays to reopen the theatre to in person audiences from 22 May, they're directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller, following his hugely successful rediscoveries of Shaw's early plays Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers' Houses.
It's designed by Simon Daw, with lighting design by Mark Doubleday and Elizabeth Purnell is the sound designer and composer.
Alex Bhat appeared at the OT in French Without Tears, and on TV in Des, Hanna and War and Peace.
Joe Boland appeared in Paper Cut at Theatre503, and in The Trial of Christine Keeler on TV.
Jordan Mifsúd was previously in While the Sun Shines, Misalliance and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd at the OT, and on TV in Whitstable Pearl and The Bay.
Dorothea Myer-Bennet appeared at the OT in While the Sun Shines and The Philanderer. Other recent theatre includes Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing and Arcadia for Shakeapeare at the Tobacco Factory, and The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe.
Hara Yannas appeared in Amsterdam and Dealing with Clair at the OT. Other theatre includes: The Welkin (National Theatre); Uncle Vanya (HOME, Manchester); The Treatment, The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida); Oresteia (Almeida/Trafalgar Studios); and 1984 (Headlong tour/Almeida/West End/US Tour).
In How He Lied to Her Husband, Aurora is concerned about what has happened to the poems written for her by her admirer, the impetuous Henry, and fears they may get into the hands of husband Teddy. Henry suggests they confess the truth and go to the theatre as planned… to see Bernard Shaw’s Candida. Then Henry arrives home.
Overruled sees two strangers fall in love at sea. Both married they decide they must part, but then are surprised to find their spouses at a hotel together. They’ve fallen for each other too. Do they stay together or swap?
Both plays will also play straight through without an interval in a Shaw Shorts double bill.