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Saint Joan

A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue by Bernard Shaw.

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    15th century France

  • Notes

    'Saint Joan' premiered in the Garrick Theatre, New York, on the 28 December 1923. The credits listed here relate to the play's London premiere.

    Widely translated across the world, the play has also been performed in a number of different Irish language versions, most famously starring the great Siobhán McKenna in the Taibhdhearc in 1950. See separate entry for details.

  • Synopsis

    A tragedy based on the life and trial of the French peasant girl Jeanne d'Arc, burned at the stake for her role in the Hundred Years' War between France and England.

    In his preface to the play, Shaw wrote that "There are no villains in the piece. Crime, like disease, is not interesting: it is something to be done away with by general consent, and that is all [there is] about it. It is what men do at their best, with good intentions, and what normal men and women find that they must and will do in spite of their intentions, that really concern us."

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    22

  • Cast Size Female

    2

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    26 March 1924

  • Production Notes

    Produced by the New Theatre, London.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Staged at the New Theatre, London.

Original Cast  
Joan Sybil Thorndike
Chaplain de Strogumber Lewis Casson
Executioner Victor Lewisohn
Bertrand de Poulengy Victor Lewisohn
Robert de Baudricourt Shayle Gardner
Steward Francis Hope
De Courcelles Francis Hope
Archbishop of Rheims Robert Cunningham
Mgr de la Trémouille Bruce Winston
Court Page Sam Pickles
Gilles de Rais Milton Rosmer
The Dauphin Ernest Thesiger
Duchess de la Trémouille Beatrice Smith
Dunois, Bastard of Orleans Robert Horton
Dunois' Page Jack Hawkins
Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick E. Lyall Swete
Peter Cauchon Eugene Leahy
Warwick's Page Sidney Bromley
The Inquisitor O.B. Clarence
Brother Martin Ladvenu Laurence Anderson
English Soldier Kenneth Kent
Gentleman Matthew Forsythe
Captain La Hire Raymond Massey
D'Estivet Raymond Massey
Production Team  
Set Designer Charles Ricketts
Produced by Lewis Casson

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6

  • Year

    1973

  • Published By

    The Bodley Head

  • Address

    England

  • ISBN

    0370102258

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