PHOTO CALL: Shaw's Major Barbara, Directed by Hytner, at London's National Theatre

News   PHOTO CALL: Shaw's Major Barbara, Directed by Hytner, at London's National Theatre
 
A new production of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara opens at the National Theatre in London March 4 after a week of previews.
Hayley Atwell as Major Barbara
Hayley Atwell as Major Barbara Photo by Catherine Ashmore

The 1905 play is directed by Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys), who serves as the artistic director of the National.

The cast is headed by Hayley Atwell in the title role with Simon Russell Beale, Clare Higgins and Paul Ready.

According to production notes, Major Barbara is the story of a woman who "works tirelessly for the poor at a Salvation Army shelter until a large but morally dubious donation is welcomed from her estranged father, a millionaire weapons manufacturer."

The show is running in repertory at the Olivier Theatre. Tickets are on sale through May 15. More information may be found at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Here is a glimpse at the production:

Simon Russell Beale as Andrew Undershaft and Hayley Atwell as Barbara Undershaft
John Heffernan as Stephen Undershaft and Simon Russell Beale as Andrew Undershaft
Simon Russell Beale as Andrew Undershaft and Hayley Atwell as Barbara Undershaft
Clare Higgins as Lady Britomart Undershaft
Jessica Gunning (Sarah Undershaft), Paul Ready (Adolphus Cusins), Tom Andrews (Charles Lomax), Clare Higgins (Lady Britomart Undershaft) and Simon Russell Beale (Andrew Undershaft)
From left: Tom Andrews (Charles Lomax), Simon Russell Beale (Andrew Undershaft), Clare Higgins (Lady Britomart Undershaft) and Hayley Atwell (Barbara Undershaft)

All photos by Catherine Ashmore for the National Theatre

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