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Rumpus Theatre Company

in association with

The Sarah Thorne Theatre - Broadstairs


the scintillating light comedy


(or The Chocolate Cream Soldier)

by George Bernard Shaw


Arms and the Man


Beautiful young Bulgarian Raina has heroic ideals, betrothed as she is to
Major Sergius Saranoff. Her fiancé is away, fighting alongside her father,
Major Petkoff, in the war against Serbia ... but when escaping Serbian Captain
Bluntschli climbs into her bedroom through the balcony window, she finds
herself hiding him behind the curtains in spite of herself. Does he have
ammunition in his pockets? No … he has chocolate creams, like any other
jobbing soldier. And when she catches Sergius flirting with her maid Louka,
Raina finds her grand notions of love and war slipping away from her, as true
love and honesty take their place.



Tour Schedule (more dates to follow)

(click on venue for their website)
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Sept
Tues 8 Oct
Thu 10 - Sat 12 Oct
Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke
Wed 16 & Thu 17 Oct
Winding Wheel Theatre Chesterfield
Fri 18 Oct
Middlesbrough Theatre
Tues 12 & Wed 13 Nov
Theatre Royal Winchester



“delightful … charming” (British Theatre Guide on The Eleventh Hour)

"slick, upbeat … full of humour" (British Theatre Guide on The 39 Steps)

“never takes itself too seriously ... you can almost smell the faded decadence"
(Eastbourne Herald on SHERLOCK HOLMES - The Scandal Of The Scarlet Woman)

"all the hallmarks of a classic" (The Reviews Hub on Raffles)


A real audience-pleaser, ARMS AND THE MAN
is a sparkling comedy that has more than a little to say
about the state of the world today!


This production is dedicated to the memory of Michael Friend, leading Bernard Shaw producer and enthusiast.



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