Shaw Shorts double bill

Two short, sharp, funny plays by Bernard Shaw

This page is for the double bill performances: both plays will be performed in one evening with no interval.

★★★★★ “It’s delightful to see how current a classic play can feel. With nothing less than the highest standards of performance, the Orange Tree is making a glorious return” A Younger Theatre

★★★★ “Delightfully revived by Shavian specialist director Paul Miller [who] plays the propositions sharp and fast, focusing on the absurd geometries of human desire.” The Guardian 

★★★★ “Shaw takes mischievous delight in the way his characters tie themselves in knots as they assert, renounce and reaffirm their romantic illusions.” Daily Mail

★★★★ “A welcome return for audiences to the Orange Tree Theatre, for an evening of sparking wit and bonhomie.” Theatre Weekly

★★★★ “In this quick-witted revival of two of Shaw's short plays, social expectations and marriage are skewered in typical Shavian style.” Broadway World

“A joyous, heady and oh-so-welcome return to this intimate yet high-kicking theatre. An absolute must-see. But with limited space, tickets are selling fast.” Fringe Review

“The sound of collective laughter – one of the sounds and experiences that has been most missed in these solitary times – is a real balm to the soul.” The Stage


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?

Two short, sharp, funny plays by Bernard Shaw, directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller following his hugely successful OT productions of Shaw’s Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses.

BOOK BELOW FOR THE DOUBLE BILL OF SHAW SHORTS – both plays in one evening with no interval 


OT On  Screen

Thu 9 & Fri 10 June at 7.30pm 
The plays were also live-streamed as a double bill to watch them at home.

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Production photos by The Other Richard


Alex Bhat
Joe Bolland
Jordan Mifsúd
Dorothea Myer-Bennett
Hara Yannas
DirectorPaul Miller
DesignerSimon Daw
Lighting DesignerMark Doubleday
ComposerElizabeth Purnell