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 Millionairess opened at the Malvern Festival with Sybil Thorndike as Epifania. The reception was lukewarm, and the play did not go to London. 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.
Most recently, the play was presented by the Court House Theatre at the Shaw Festival and was directed by Blair Williams, with set design by Cameron Porteous, lighting design by Louise Guinard and sound design by Dmitri Marine.
A film version of The Millionairess was made in 1960, directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers, with substantial alterations made to the text. The play was taped for the BBC's Play of the Month (1972) series, a version starring Maggie Smith and Tom Baker.
- "The Millionairess, full script". Project Guttenberg of Australia.
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