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Shaw Shorts - Double Bill

22 May to 26 Jun 2021

Orange Tree Theatre

Two short plays by Bernard Shaw, directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller following his hugely successful OT productions of Shaw's Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers' Houses.
Shaw Shorts - Double Bill at the Orange Tree Theatre

Image courtesy Orange Tree Theatre

Show details


Two short plays by Bernard Shaw: How He Lied to Her Husband and Overruled.

In How He Lied to Her Husband, Aurora is concerned about what has happened to the poems written for her by her admirer, the impetuous Henry, and fears they may get into the hands of husband Teddy.

Henry suggests they confess the truth and go to the theatre as planned… to see Bernard Shaw's Candida.

Then Henry arrives home.

Overruled sees two strangers fall in love at sea.

Both married they decide they must part, but then are surprised to find their spouses at a hotel together.

They've fallen for each other too.

Do they stay together or swap?

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: Not available

Both plays will be performed in one evening with no interval.

You can book for either How He Lied to Her Husband or Overruled separately or for the double bill.

OT On Screen:

Thu 3 & Fri 4 June at 7.30pm

The plays will also be live-streamed as a double bill so you can watch them at home.

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Postal address:
1 Clarence Street
Richmond TW9 2SA

Box office tel: 020 8940 3633

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Previews from:Saturday 22 May 2021

Press night:Wednesday 26 May 2021

Closes:Saturday 26 June 2021

Performance days & times

Various ‑ check schedule for details.


Running time: 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)


From £25

Under 30s £15

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Access information

Audio Described performance ‑ Mon 21 June 7.30pm

Captioned Performance ‑ Tue 22 June 7.30pm


Author: George Bernard Shaw
Composer: Elizabeth Purnell
Director: Paul Miller
Designer: Simon Daw
Lighting: Mark Doubleday
Sound: Elizabeth Purnell


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