Mrs Warren’s Profession lays bare the rampant hypocrisy and constrained morals of Victorian society.
Mrs Warren’s daughter, Vivie, has never really known much about her mother. A prim young woman, Vivie has enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, a Cambridge education, a generous monthly allowance and now has ambitions to go into the law. Is it conceivable that all this privilege and respectability has been financed from the proceeds of the oldest profession? How will Vivie react when she finds out the awful truth about her mother’s ill-gotten gains?
Shaw’s provocative play was written in 1894 but banned from public performance by the Lord Chamberlain until the 1920s.
Mrs Warren’s Profession stars Felicity Kendal in the title role. One of the UK’s best loved actresses since her television hey day in The Good Life, Kendal has performed frequently on stage in productions including The Last Cigarette, The Vortex, Amy’s View and Happy Days.
For more about Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Comedy theatre read the First Night Feature.