Martin Jarvis directs Ian McKellen, Charles Dance, Tim Pigott-Smith and an impressive cast in Bernard Shaw's first play – the latest drama in Radio 3's 'Money Talks' series which brings together 150 years of dramatists tackling the question of money.

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What happens if an Englishman, decent enough in private, shuts his eyes and conscience to the monstrous abuses of the poor by slum landlords, especially if the remedy might affect his own financial security? The theme has resonated down the years.

Written Widowers' Houses 1892 it became an immediate success and remains astonishingly relevant in the present property investment world. Funny, observant, incisive in examining moral dilemmas and business ethics.

Slum-landlords – a comedy? Shaw was already turning the tradition of Victorian drama on its head, understanding that social and political points are best made via human comedy

Cast:
Mr Sartorius ….. Ian McKellen
William Cokane ….. Charles Dance
Lickcheese ….. Tim Pigott-Smith
Harry Trench ….. Dan Stevens
Blanche Sartorius ….. Honeysuckle Weeks
Jessie ….. Siobhan Hughes
The Waiter ….. Jon Glover
Music specially composed by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 3.

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