Candida (Shaw/Harris)

by  Bernard Shaw, Aurand Harris

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

Probably Shaw's most popular play, Candida recounts the love of young poet Eugene Marchbanks for Candida, wife of the Rev. Morell. Candida, one of the most remarkable women in dramatic literature, gives strength to her husband and teaches Marchbanks how to love.  Please note: this is an adaptation and abridgement of Shaw's original play, by Aurand Harris.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
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  • Suggested Use

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    • UIL Approved

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Probably Shaw's most popular play, Candida recounts the love sickness of young poet Eugene Marchbanks for Candida, wife of the Rev. Morell. At first, Morell is amused; but when he begins to doubt his wife's love, he becomes disturbed and angered. The poet becomes the stronger suitor as Morell realizes his own weaknesses. Candida, one of the most remarkable women in dramatic literature, gives strength to her husband and teaches Marchbanks how to love. Harris offers a superb adaptation for competition, for study, and for introduction to one of the classics of modern theatre.
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The drawing room, St. Dominic's Parsonage, London.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 2f

REVEREND JAMES MORELL
MISS PROSERPINE GARNETT (PROSSY)
REVEREND ALEXANDER MILL (LEXY)
MRS. JAMES MORELL (CANDIDA)
EUGENE MARCHBANKS

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. His education was irregular, due to his dislike of any organized training. After working in an estate agent's office for a while he moved to London as a young man (1876), where he established himself as a leading music and theatre ...

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Aurand Harris

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