In the midst of a bloody central European war, a chance moonlit encounter throws together an idealistic young woman and a Swiss mercenary with an unexpectedly realistic attitude to soldiering.
Raina’s youthful love for Sergius, the swashbuckling fighting hero of the Bulgarian army, is challenged when she learns more of the realities of war. Bluntschli’s coolly ironic good sense starts to seem more like the future.
When Louka, the servant of the family with a spirit and ambition all of her own, sets her sights on Sergius, the stage is set for an epic moral battle.
Shaw’s delightful romantic comedy was one of his first commercial successes and remains enduringly relevant.
Paul Miller directs in his final production as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree. It follows his lauded rediscoveries of Shaw’s other early plays Overruled, How He Lied to Her Husband, Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer, and Widowers’ Houses.
A top-notch revival
Rollicking take on Shaw's satirical classic
Paul Miller makes Arms and the Man a hit again in a production that revels in its own absurdity and romanticism
Shaw's sizzling satire is a fitting final outing for Paul Miller
Shaw’s giddy Mitteleuropean farce makes a stylish swansong for artistic director Paul Miller
Date & time
Audio Described: Tue 13 Dec, 7.30pm
Captioned: Wed 14 Dec, 7.30pm
Available to Stream: Tue 17 Jan - Fri 20 Jan 2023