Mrs. Warren's Profession was one of Shaw's most contentious plays. An apparently respectable woman, Mrs. Warren is revealed to have earned a considerable sum of money as a prostitute, a profession she still dabbles in and is not ashamed of.
This would be considered shocking even today, were it to be discovered in a "normal" comfortably placed family. What makes it all the more extraordinary is that it was first performed in Edwardian England.
Brenda Blethyn, who is best-known these days as a film star ("Secrets and Lies", "Little Voice") is to star as Mrs. Warren in a production directed by Sir Peter Hall, at the Strand Theatre, from Oct. 2, with a first night on Oct. 10
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 30 at the Strand Theatre box office.
—By Paul Webb Theatrenow