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The Philanderer (2016)

Rupert stars as Leonard Charteris, The Philanderer himself, in this play written by George Bernard Shaw. This production is directed by Paul Miller for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, and runs until 25 June.


update 7 December 2016: Rupert has been nominated as Best Actor for The Philanderer, which has also garnered other nominations, in the Broadway World UK awards. You can vote here!


I went to the first show this evening, after an afternoon with Delacroix at the National Gallery and a three-course meal at Carluccio’s. That took care of body and soul, and the play took care of heart and mind!

Not being familiar with Shaw as a playwright, I was surprised by how witty and wordy it all was. Rupert came out firing on all cylinders; he’s just so good at this kind of clever, persuasive dialogue.

The Philanderer production photo by The Other Richard, with Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Julia Craven
The Philanderer production photo by The Other Richard, with Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Julia Craven

Helen Bradbury (Grace Tranfield) and Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven) play the women Charteris is involved with, and do a fine job with two rather different characters. Indeed, the whole cast did a terrific job – and it seems unfair to even think about picking anyone out for special mention, though I have to say that Michael Lumsden (Colonel Craven) made me laugh, and made the most of his character’s various actions and reactions.

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“There are so many issues that are still relevant today” by Surrey Comet (2016)

Rupert has been interviewed by Jim Palmer of the Surrey Comet about his forthcoming appearance in The Philanderer at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.

It’s a fantastic part and a challenge. I have never done a Shaw play. We’re all finding the lines not the easiest to get. They are very long sentences. It’s a great challenge.

Read the full piece here.

update: The article also appears here at Your Local Guardian, so it must be a press release from the Orange Tree Theatre.

ETA 21 May 2022: I have copied the full text below for the sake of preservation.


Most casual audiences will know of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (adapted into My Fair Lady) but fewer will know of the Nobel winner’s 1898 trio published as Plays Unpleasant.

Widowers’ Houses was brought to the stage at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre last year, and this month is the turn of The Philanderer.

Directed by Orange Tree’s artistic director Paul Miller, the work – a witty satire about a man who falls in love with two women – was not performed for a number of years after it was written due to censorship laws.

Actor Rupert Young, who played Sir Leon in five series of the BBC’s Merlin, leads the cast.

He said: “It’s not going to be a museum piece in terms of ‘this is how it would have been done 100 years ago’.

“There are so many issues that are still relevant today, I think – people’s views on marriage, I suppose. Shaw is very cynical on marriage.”

The Philanderer opens on May 16 (Young’s birthday) and he said it was a great chance for him to work with Miller again, having taken a part in Miller’s adaptation of French without Tears a decade ago.

He said: “It’s a very interesting play and one that a lot of people don’t know of Shaw’s. It’s nice to do a play that people don’t know and probably haven’t seen before.

“Also, it was a chance to work with Paul Miller again. I would do almost anything he asked me to do, having worked with him about ten years ago.

“It was also being in Richmond. I have been to see a lot of things at Orange Tree but never actually worked here. So it’s a combination of them all that has led me here.

“It’s a fantastic part and a challenge. I have never done a Shaw play. We’re all finding the lines not the easiest to get. They are very long sentences. It’s a great challenge.”

Dracula (2016)

Rupert stars as Dr John Seward in this audio play adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Mark Gatiss plays the title role. (Thank you to Angie for the heads-up!)

  • Dracula (May 2016)
  • Director: Scott Handcock

A number of interviews accompany the audio files. In “Interviews 2”, Rupert describes this as “a glorious part” and “dense” with material – and I have to agree with him. Seward isn’t only one of Lucy Westenra’s three suitors, but also has the primary relationships with Renfield and with Van Helsing. It probably goes without saying that I think Rupert did a marvellous job with it!

The play was recorded on 24-26 September 2015, at The Moat Studios. The (uncredited) photos were provided as part of the behind-the-scenes goodies.

You can purchase the CD or audio files from the Big Finish website.

The Dracula cast, September 2015.

The Philanderer, Richmond (2016)

Rehearsal photos for the play The Philanderer, directed by Paul Miller, with a run at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond from 12 May to 25 June 2016. These photos were taken by Richard Davenport, and were kindly made available to this site by the Orange Tree. You can find more photos on their Facebook page.

Orange Tree have now also posted production photos to their Facebook page, taken by The Other Richard.