You Never Can Tell

You Never Can Tell

One of George Bernard Shaw’s earliest plays, You Never Can Tell was originally published in a compilation of his plays titled Plays Pleasant. It’s all about the battle of the sexes, marital equations and independence.

Play Overview

You Never Can Tell depicts the life of a family that has returned to England to stay at a seaside hotel after having spent eighteen years in Madeira, Portugal. Mrs Clandon had left England with her young children to escape an unhappy marriage. After all these years, the lady, her eldest child Gloria and the younger twins Dolly and Phillip find themselves readjusting to British life. In the midst of all this, the twins set everyone on edge with their feisty behavior. They are clueless about their father, Mr Crampton and things turn crazy when the twins unwittingly invite him for lunch at the hotel.

Also invited for lunch is Valentine, a dentist who tries to woo Gloria. It’s an uphill task as Gloria, a twentieth century woman, has no time for love and doesn’t believe in marriage. Always ready to shed philosophical light on the happenings is the hotel waiter Walter/William whose favorite line is, ‘You never can tell’. There are a few other interesting characters who liven up the proceedings. Does the family reunion take place? Will Gloria fall for Valentine’s charms? Well, you never can tell till you watch this engaging, light-hearted play.

World Class Cast

You Never Can Tell is presented by a wonderful cast and crew who bring to life Shaw’s wonderful play. It is helmed by theatre veteran Jim Mezon who has acted in and directed several plays. Mezon is highly familiar with Shaw’s works having been a Shaw Festival member for over 30 seasons. He has performed and directed several of Shaw’s plays all over Canada and the US.

Mezon is backed up by a very able crew with the set and costumes designed by Leslie Frankish and original music and sound by John Gzowski. The talented cast includes Tara Rosling as Mrs Clandon, Julia Course as Gloria, Patrick McManus as Mr Crampton and Jennifer Dzialoszynski and Stephen Jackman-Torkoff playing the twins Dolly and Phillip.


This production is a treat for people who are familiar with Shaw’s plays and also for those who have yet to discover the delights of his works. You Never Can Tell is recommended for those aged 12 and above and will be staged at the Royal George Theatre at Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario.

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Royal George Theatre
85 Queen St.