Mrs Warren’s Profession
Caroline Quentin and her real-life daughter Rose Quentin star in George Bernard Shaw’s witty and provocative play.
What is Mrs Warren’s profession? Mrs Warren’s daughter Vivie has never really known much about her mother. A sensible young woman, she has enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, a Cambridge education, a generous monthly allowance and now has ambitions to go into Law. Is it conceivable that her privilege and respectability has been financed from the profits of the world’s oldest profession? How will Vivie react when she finds out the startling truth about her mother’s business empire and that freedom comes at an emotional price?
Shaw’s acid test of a mother-daughter relationship was written in 1894 but banned for thirty years by a Lord Chamberlain who found it ‘immoral and improper’. Mrs Warren’s Profession is a ripe attack on English hypocrisy and its ‘fashionable morality’.
Twice winner of the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actress, Caroline Quentin made her Chichester debut in 2018’s Me and My Girl. Her many television roles have ranged from Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek to Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge. Rose Quentin starred in the horror movie York Witches Society shortly after graduating in 2019 and recently appeared on tour in a new stage version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Director Anthony Banks was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2004 – 2014. His many directing credits include The Girl on the Train, Gaslight, After Miss Julie and My Cousin Rachel.