Arms and the Man

Subsequent productions

  • The first Broadway production opened on September 17, 1894 at New York City's Herald Square Theatre. Since then there have been six Broadway revivals, two of which are listed below.
  • The most prestigious London revival was directed by John Burrell for The Old Vic Company at the New Theatre, which opened on 5 September 1944, starring Ralph Richardson (Bluntschli), Margaret Leighton (Raina Petkoff), Joyce Redman (Louka), and Laurence Olivier (Major Sergius Saranoff). "Olivier thought Sergius a humbug, a buffoon, a blackguard, a coward, 'a bloody awful part' until Tyrone Guthrie said he would never succeed in the role until he learned to love Sergius. Olivier, spurred and moustachioed, was high camp": Robert Tanitch.[7]
  • A revival production ran at New York City's Arena Theatre from October 19, 1950 to January 21, 1951, for a total of 108 performances. The cast included Lee Grant as Raina, Francis Lederer as Bluntschli and Sam Wanamaker as Sergius.
  • Marlon Brando's final stage appearance was in Arms and the Man in 1953. He gathered friends who were fellow actors into a company for a summer stock production. He chose to play Sergius while William Redfield starred as Bluntschli.
  • The play was produced in 1982 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, with Brian Bedford as Bluntschli and Len Cariou as Sergius.
  • In 1985 John Malkovich directed a revival production at New York City's Circle in the Square Theatre starring Kevin Kline as Bluntschli (later replaced by Malkovich after Kline's departure), Glenne Headly as Raina and Raúl Juliá as Sergius. The production ran from May 30 to September 1, 1985, for a total of 109 performances.
  • The BBC produced a made-for-TV version[8] in 1989, directed by James Cellan Jones, starring Helena Bonham Carter as Raina, Pip Torrens as Bluntschli, Patrick Ryecart as Sergius and Patsy Kensit as Louka.
  • In 2011 the play was presented by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Seattle Public Theater in Seattle, Washington state, and the Constellation Theatre Company in Washington DC.
  • In the summer of 2013, Odyssey Theatre[9] in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada performed a masked performance of this play.[10]
  • The Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario has performed the play a number of times: in 1967, 1976, 1986, 1994 and 2006. A new productions will be performed April 4 – October 18, 2014 at the Royal George Theatre directed by Morris Panych and featuring Kate Besworth as Raina, Graeme Somerville as Bluntschli, Norman Browning as Petkoff, Martin Happer as Sergius, Claire Jullien as Louka, Peter Krantz as Nicola and Laurie Paton as Catherine.[11]

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