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Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

War may be raging on the battlefield, but its the battlefield of the sexes that heats up this extraordinary comedy and offers very different notions of love and war. Arms and the Man tells the story of a young Bulgarian woman, Raina played by Anne Heche, whose views on the world are turned upside down by the arrival of self-professed Serbian army officer Captain Bluntschli...

Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw

Political comedy at its best, this play takes on the themes of imperialism and leadership. Set amidst the Roman conquest of Egypt, the play pits the mature statesmanship of Julius Caesar against the naïve ambition of Cleopatra. It imagines Caesar's first meeting with Clepatra and their subsequent plotting as Caesar attempts to subdue Egypt and Cleopatra tries to eliminate...

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle - 'an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers' - for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the outset the play was a sensational success, although Shaw, irritated by its popularity at the expense of his artistic intentions, dismissed it as a potboiler. The...

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw

Published not long after the canonization of Joan of Arc by the Roman Catholic Church, the play dramatises what is known of her life based on the substantial records of her trial. Shaw studied the transcripts and decided that the concerned people acted in good faith according to their beliefs. He wrote: "There are no villains in the piece. Crime, like disease, is not...