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1976 Production - "Heartbreak House" by G.B. Shaw

A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes

Heartbreak House (G.B. Shaw)

A Rehearsed Playreading,
Sponsored by
The British Circle

Venue: Schönes Haus, Nadelberg, Basel

3/4 December 1976


Producer:                Peter Broberg

Makeup:                  Elisabeth Seiler

Stage Manager:       Peter Nixon


Ellie Dunn                 Diana Zuger

Narrator                     Iris Linsi

Nurse Guinness           Barbara Häner

Captain Shotover          Bob Billington

Lady Utterword              Barbara Clark

Mrs Hushabye               Muriel Taylor

Mazzaini Dunn               Bruno Mazzotti

Hector Hushabye          Bryan Taylor

Boss Mangan               Tony Obrist

Randall Utterword        Ron Hill

Burglar                      Ian Holmes


The action takes place in Heartbreak House, in the hilly country of the middle of the north edge of Sussex, in a room designed to recreate the interior of an old-fashioned ship. The captain speaks to Ellie of his daughters, whom he does not particularly like. Hesione, the eldest daughter, fears that Ellie is being driven by her father into a marriage for money with Mr Mangan, even though Ellie is in love with a mysterious man she met recently and who later turns out to be Hesione’s husband. Ellie therefore decides to go ahead with the marriage to Mr Mangan. When Mangan decides to tell Ellie he was the one who ruined her father and that he is not a rich man, Ellie decides to marry the captain. The captain predicts shipwreck for England and at that moment an air raid starts, killing the burglar and Mr Mangan, leaving the others to wait eagerly for the next bomb.


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