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Arms and the Man

By George Bernard Shaw. Romantic comedy exploring the ideals and realities of war, hypocrisy and nationalism. With Rory Kinnear, Lydia Leonard and Tom Mison.

Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw
with Rory Kinnear and Lydia Leonard. Directed by David Timson

It is 1885, and there is trouble in the Balkans. The Serbians and the Bulgarians are at war.
Raina Petkoff is convinced her fiancé Major Sergius Saranoff will glorify himself in the war and become her hero - but after a dramatic encounter with a down-to-earth Serbian officer who hides in her room, she is brought face to face with the mundane truth about the conflict rather than its glories. The ideals and realities of war, hypocrisy and nationalism are all entertainingly explored in this rare romantic comedy by one of our most acerbic writers.

Technical DirectionNorman Goodman

An Ukemi Productions Ltd production for Radio 3.

2 hours

Last on

Sun 8 Feb 2015 22:00

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 1 (Op.21) in C major, [complete]

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: André Cluytens.
    • Beethoven The Collector's Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.


Role Contributor
Writer George Bernard Shaw
Captain Bluntschli Rory Kinnear
Raina Petkoff Lydia Leonard
Major Sergius Saranoff Tom Mison
Major Petkoff Hugh Ross
Catherine Petkoff Frances Jeater
Nicola Glen McCready
Louka Jo Herbert
Major Plechanoff Roger May
Director David Timson
Producer Nicolas Soames


  • Sun 21 Mar 2010 20:00
  • Sun 8 Feb 2015 22:00