It is 1936 in a “wee one-eyed” town in Scotland. Jeannie is a drudge for her mean controlling father, but dreams of a different life. When she receives a large inheritance, she seizes the opportunity to finally escape to the glamour and sophistication of European travel.
During her stay in Vienna, she encounters Stanley, a washing machine inventor from Yorkshire, and then a real Viennese Count. But Jeannie is no pushover. She knows her own mind, she is a stickler for the truth, and she hates scroungers… A 1930s version of the Cinderella story from a rediscovered female playwright, Jeannie is a charming light romantic comedy, ideal for the Christmas season, and unseen in London since 1940.
A warm-hearted, interwar spin on the Cinderella story
Jeannie is a champagne virgin – among other things
Jeannie is a hearty play, full of flawed characters who are all trying to navigate their way in and out of various situations, predictable and otherwise
Mairi Hawthorn really gets her teeth into the titular heroine in Aimée Stuart’s 1940 play that creaks with age at times
Whimsical revival of a Viennese whirl by an intriguing forgotten female playwright