Widowers' Houses

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Martin Jarvis directs Ian McKellen, Charles Dance and a starry cast in Bernard Shaw's first play. Written in 1892 it became an immediate success and remains astonishingly relevant in the present property investment world. Funny, observant, incisive in examining moral dilemmas and business ethics. What happens if an Englishman, decent enough in private, shuts his eyes and conscience to the monstrous abuses of the poor by slum landlords, especially if the remedy might affect his own financial security? The theme has resonated down the years.

Music specially composed by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez

Director: Martin Jarvis

Producer: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 3.

2011070320131006

Martin Jarvis directs Ian McKellen, Charles Dance, Tim Pigott-Smith and an impressive cast in Bernard Shaw's first play - the latest drama in Radio 3's 'Money Talks' series which brings together 150 years of dramatists tackling the question of money.

What happens if an Englishman, decent enough in private, shuts his eyes and conscience to the monstrous abuses of the poor by slum landlords, especially if the remedy might affect his own financial security? The theme has resonated down the years.

Written Widower's Houses 1892 it became an immediate success and remains astonishingly relevant in the present property investment world.

Funny, observant, incisive in examining moral dilemmas and business ethics.

Slum-landlords - a comedy? Shaw was already turning the tradition of Victorian drama on its head, understanding that social and political points are best made via human comedy

Cast:

Mr Sartorius - Ian McKellen

William Cokane - Charles Dance

Lickcheese - Tim Pigott-Smith

Harry Trench - Dan Stevens

Blanche Sartorius - Honeysuckle Weeks

Jessie - Siobhan Hughes

The Waiter - Jon Glover

Music specially composed by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez

Director: Martin Jarvis

Producer: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 3.

Martin Jarvis directs Ian McKellen in George Bernard Shaw's play about slum landlords.