You Never Can Tell was originally born out of a bet that Shaw couldn’t write a “seaside comedy”, a popular theatrical genre at that time. The result is perhaps the most surprising of Shaw’s plays, complete with marital mayhem, tangled romance, and even doubtful dentistry. Despite the play’s lighthearted tone, it’s really another of Shaw’s brilliantly observed social treatises, this time in the guise of a light comedy.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording featuring:
James Callis as Mr. Valentine
Siobhán Hewlett as Gloria Clandon
Nicholas Hormann as Mr. Finch McComas
Martin Jarvis as The Waiter
Christopher Neame as Mr. Fergus Crampton
Moira Quirk as Dolly Clandon
Susan Sullivan as Mrs. Lanfrey Clandon
Simon Templeman as Bohun
Matthew Wolf as Phillip Clandon
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in May of 2015.