No problem in rare revival of Misalliance at Chiswick’s Tabard Theatre


Bernard Shaw’s lost classic Misalliance is returning to the stage with a revival at The Tabard Theatre next month.

Written in 1910, it’s probably one of the first plays to feature a plane crash – which could make for interesting staging at the Chiswick studio theatre.

An underwear tycoon, an armed gunman, a flying polish acrobat, eight marriage proposals and a plane – it’s just another afternoon in swanky Surrey.

Hypatia is a bored heiress to her domineering father’s underwear fortune.

Trapped in an unhappy engagement she seeks excitement and new ideas.

Right on cue a plane crashes at the bottom of the garden bringing a handsome young pilot and a female daredevil to this quiet afternoon in the country.

Misalliance, deemed a problem play, has only been staged once since its inception when the RSC put on a production in the 1980s.

Mat Staton, of Thundermaker Productions, which is putting on the comedy, said: “We now seek to mount the production with an eventual larger scale transfer in mind.

“The play explores the role of family and also the role of women in society, something ever relevant with the advent of mass twitter following for groups such as ‘everyday sexism’ and others related to equality in society”.

Misalliance will be directed by Nick Reed whose last two plays – The Life Coach, starring Phil Jupitas, and Never Mind The Botox, were both nominated for best new comedy and best new play at the WhatsOnStage and Offwestend awards.

Casting: Clifford Hume, Carrie Cohen, Roberta Mair, Stuart Walker, Toby Davies, James Taylor Thomas , Anna- Marlene Wirtz, Piers Hunt and Rory Fairbairn.

The play will run at The Tabard Theatre, Bath Road, Turnham Green, from June 3-21.

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