The Millionairess (play)
|Written by||George Bernard Shaw|
The Millionairess is a play written in 1936 by George Bernard Shaw. It tells the story of Epifania, a spoiled heiress, and her search for a suitor.
Shaw wrote the play in 1936 expressly for Dame Edith Evans. Evans rejected the role, calling it "too icy".
The first known Broadway production was performed at the President Theatre and ran for only 13 performances from April 6 to April 17, 1949.
In the summer of 1952, Katharine Hepburn starred in The Millionairess for a ten-week run at the New Theatre in London's West End. The production, directed by Michael Benthall and co-starring Robert Helpmann and Cyril Ritchard, was widely praised. In October 1952, it was brought to New York where it played at the Shubert Theatre for ten weeks and 83 performances.
A well-received production was performed by the American Shaw Festival at Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania July - August 1986 with Jane Roth-Casson as Epifania and Sullivan Brown as The Doctor.
The Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario has performed the play a number of times: in 1965, 1977, 1991 and 2001. Most recently, the play was presented by the Court House Theatre in 2012 and was directed by Blair Williams, with set design by Cameron Porteous, lighting design by Louise Guinard and sound design by Dmitri Marine.
Film and Television
The play was taped for the BBC's Play of the Month (1972) series and broadcast on 25 September 1972, starring Maggie Smith as Epifania, Tom Baker as The Doctor and Charles Gray as Adrian Blenderbland.
- Kanin, Garson (1971). Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir. New York: Viking. pp. 161–162. ISBN 0-670-72293-6.
- Dickens, Homer (1990 edition). The Films of Katharine Hepburn. Carol Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN 0-8065-1175-3.
- Shaw Festival press release
- "The Millionairess, full script". Project Guttenberg of Australia.
|This article on a play from the 1930s is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|