Comedy Classic Comes to Capitol Theatre for weekend shows

Cavalry officer Lucas Myers and Carly Brandel headline the George Bernard Shaw’s Arms And The Man.
Cavalry officer Lucas Myers and Carly Brandel headline the George Bernard Shaw’s Arms And The Man.

One of the great comedies of English theatre is coming to the Capitol Theatre beginning Thursday.

George Bernard Shaw’s Arms And The Man, featuring a tellar cast of Nelson- based professionals, is taking over the Capitol this weekend (October 31 to November 3).

The shows begin at 8 p.m. nightly.

Arms And The Man was first produced in 1894 and was Shaw's earliest commercial success. He was called onto stage after the curtain, where he received enthusiastic applause.

However, amidst the cheers, one audience member booed.

Shaw replied "My dear fellow, I quite agree with you, but what are we two against so many?"

Writing 50 years later George Orwell said, "It is probably the wittiest play he ever wrote, the most flawless technically, and in spite of being a very light comedy, its moral--that war is not a wonderful, romantic adventure--still needs to be told.”

Set in a fictionalized nineteenth century Bulgaria,  Arms is a comic love story about Raina, a starry-eyed young noble-woman (Carly Brandel), engaged to a dashing cavalry officer (Lucas Myers), who finds a highly pragmatic soldier (Phil Sarsons) hiding in her bedroom.

Thrown into the mix are a beautiful serving girl (Avia Moore), Raina’s befuddled parents (Bessie Wapp and Richard Rowberry) and a scheming butler (Martin Carver).

Directed by Geoff Burns, it promises to be the theatrical event of the season.

Tickets are available on-line at www.capitoltheatre.bc.ca or at the Capitol box office, Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m.

Updates and rehearsal photos can be seen at the TNT Playhouse facebook page.