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GEORGE BERNARD (GB) SHAW

1856 - 1950

Born in Dublin in 1856, George Bernard Shaw was a playwright, literary critic, a socialist spokesman, and a leading figure in the 20th century theatre. Shaw's first play, Widowers' Houses was prodced by The Independent Theatre at The Royalty Theatre, London in December 1892. His play Mrs Warren’s Profession written in 1894, was originally banned by Lord Chamberlain because of its frank discussion and portrayal of prostitution. The play was finally first performed on Sunday, January 5th, 1902, at London's New Lyric Club with the distinguished actor-manager, Harley Granville-Barker among the cast. Granville Barker championed Shaw's work and produced all but one of Shaw's plays for a decade from 1904 onwards. In 1909, Yeats and Lady Gregory took a stand against censorship by staging Shaw's The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet at the Abbey, which Dublin Castle had seen fit to ban, despite the fact that the Lord Chamberlain's writ did not extend to Ireland. In 1916 in addition to staging the Shaw's 'Irish play' John Bull's Other Island, originally offered to the Abbey in 1905, but according to Lennox Robinson refused by the directors as thay believed "there was no one in the company who could play the Englishman, Broadbent". The Abbey staged Widowers' Houses and Arms and The Man in 1909 also, and in the following year staged Man and Superman and The Doctor's Dilemma. In 1925 Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

PLAYWRITING CREDITS

Play Title Playwright
Androcles and the Lion George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Annajanska George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Augustus Does His Bit George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Back to Methuselah George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Buoyant Billions George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Caesar and Cleopatra George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Candida George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Cymbeline Refinished George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Don Juan in Hell George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Fanny's First Play George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Farfetched Fables George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Geneva George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Getting Married George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Great Catherine George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Heartbreak House George Bernard (GB) Shaw
How He Lied to Her Husband George Bernard (GB) Shaw
In Good King Charles's Golden Days George Bernard (GB) Shaw
John Bull's Other Island George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Major Barbara George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Man and Superman George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Misalliance George Bernard (GB) Shaw
O'Flaherty, V.C. George Bernard (GB) Shaw
On the Rocks George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Overruled George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Passion, Poison and Petrification George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Press Cuttings George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Pygmalion George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Saint Joan George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Apple Cart George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Devil's Disciple George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Doctor's Dilemma George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Glimpse of Reality George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Inca Of Perusalem George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Millionairess George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Music Cure George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Philanderer George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles George Bernard (GB) Shaw
The Six of Calais George Bernard (GB) Shaw
Too True to be Good George Bernard (GB) Shaw