1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ... See full summary »

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1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ammunition for his cannon and has to flee. His flight leads him right into the bedroom of his enemy's fiancée. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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16 April 1989 (UK)  »

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Raina: [after Bluntschli has confessed to her that he had had to pawn her father's coat] You have a low, shopkeeping mind! You think of things that would never come into a gentleman's head!
Bluntschli: That's the Swiss national character, dear lady.
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great fun
4 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Arms and the Man' is one of Shaw's funniest plays if handled correctly, and this production does a good enough job. Helena Bonham-Carter, pre-film stardom, is Raina, the daughter of a military family, who has a peacock of a fiancé (Patrick Ryecart), and who shelters a soldier from the enemy (Pip Torrens) during a raid on the town.

Full of colour and energy, this production rips along at a good pace, and if Bonham-Carter and Patsy Kensit as the maid are outshone a bit by the rest of the cast, they still hold their ground. Kika Markham and Dinsdale Landen as the parents are delightful, and the whole play is generally a happy one.

Highly recommended.


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