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Directed by: Keith Jefferies

Genre:  Comedy

Group:  BHTC

Staged: The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

Chris Haddow

Nancy Forsdike

June Colledge

Leon Figg

Peter Hall

Neil Batsford

Keith Jefferies

Anthony Hole



In a war between Bulgaria and Serbia, an enemy Serbian soldier climbs a drainpipe to a young Bulgarian woman’s bedroom for shelter and shatters her every romantic notion about love and valor. A jealous lover, a bumbling military father, and a domineering and social-climbing mother round out a perfectly hilarious and charmingly ludicrous look at life in the old world of Eastern Europe.

Arms and the Man is a burlesque of Victorian attitudes to heroism, war and empire. In the contrast between Bluntschli, the mercenary soldier, and the brave leader, Sergius, the true nature of valour is revealed. One of Bernard Shaw’s most glittering comedies.




G. Bernard Shaw (he hated the "George" and never used it, either personally or professionally) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

Production Date:  1973

Raina Petkoff

Catherine Petkoff


Captain Bluntschli

A Russian Officer


Major Petkoff

Major Sergius Saranoff

Stage Manager


Lighting & Effects



Front of House Manager


Barbara Chamberlaiin

Christine Batsford

Roy Graham

Pamela Jefferies & Ena Barron

Elizabeth Batten

Sheila Tapner

Joan O'Meara


Playwright:  G Bernard Shaw

BHTC Production Number: 76

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