ARMS AND THE MAN

Directed by

J.H. Hurley

Dates

1946

Venue

Newmarket, Co. Cork

ARMS AND THE MAN by George Bernard Shaw

Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil’s Aeneid in Latin: Arma virumque cano (“Arms and the man I sing”).

The play was first produced on April 21, 1894 at the Avenue Theatre, and published in 1898 as part of Shaw’s Plays Pleasant volume, which also included Candida, You Never Can Tell, and The Man of Destiny. The play was one of Shaw’s first commercial successes. He was called onto stage after the curtain, where he received enthusiastic applause. However, amidst the cheers, one audience member booed. Shaw replied, in characteristic fashion, “My dear fellow, I quite agree with you, but what are we two against so many?”

Arms and the Man is a humorous play which shows the futility of war and deals with the hypocrisies of human nature in a comedic fashion.

A certificate – which still exists – was awarded to the Newmarket Dramatic Society for their performance of a scene from Arms And The Man at the Kerry Drama Festival in 1946.

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