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A Revolutionary Romancelet.


  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Author Notes

    Shaw declared his play to be an adaptation " from the Russian of Gregory Biessipoff." The latter transpired to be fictional, a pseudonym for Shaw himself.
  • Setting

    The Eastern Front, 1917.

  • Synopsis

    Unhappy at the new regime, the royalist General Strammfest is horrified to learn that the beautiful Duchess Annajanska has joined the revolution and eloped with a young officer. Captured and interrogated, Annajanska engages the General in a debate about royalty, liberty and revolution.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 January 1918

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  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed under the title 'Annajanska, the Wild Duchess' at the Coliseum, London.

Original Cast  
Annajanska Lillah McCarthy
General Strammfest Randle Ayrton
Schneidekind Henry Miller
First Soldier Drelincourt Odlum

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Selected One-Act Plays by Bernard Shaw/ Vol.1: The showing-up of Blanco Posnet. -How he lied to her husband.- O'Flaherty V.C.- The Inca of Perusalem.- Annajanska, the Bolshevick Empress.- Village wooing. -Vol. 2: The dark lady of the sonnets.- Overruled.-

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  • Address

    80 Strand Street
    London WC2R 0RL

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