Theatre: A new take on the oldest profession

Mrs Warren's Profession. By George Bernard Shaw. Gate Theatre, until May 11. Rating: 3½/5. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

13th April, 2013
Philip Judge and Sorcha Cusack in Mrs Warren's Profession. Photo: Patrick Redmond


George Bernard Shaw loved to shock his audiences. With Mrs Warren's Profession, he hit the jackpot. Written in 1894, the Irishman's biting condemnation of Victorian capitalism was immediately banned in Britain - a ban that lasted for over 30 years - while even New Yorkers were so outraged that the entire company was arrested after its US premiere.

Patrick Mason's sturdy Gate production is certainly proud of Mrs Warren's heritage. During scene changes, Shaw's own memories of...

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