One of Bernard Shaw's most glittering comedies, 'Arms And The Man' is also a burlesque of Victorian attitudes to heroism, war and empire. In contrast between Bluntschli, the mercenary soldier, and the brave leader, Sergius, the true nature of valour is revealed.
Bernard Shaw mocks self-deluding idealism in 'Candida' when the foolish young poet Marchbanks becomes infatuated with the wife of a socialist preacher.
'The Man Of Destiny' is a witty war of words between Napoleon and a 'strange lady', and 'You Never Can Tell' is an exuberant farce, which turns on the chance reunion of a divided family.
While 'Plays Pleasant' were intended by Shaw to be gentler comedies than those in their companion volume, 'Plays Unpleasant', their prophetic satire is still sharp and provocative today.