Friday, 30 December 2016

Saint Joan (1923) written by George Bernard Shaw and produced at the Théâtre des Arts in Paris under the direction of Georges Pitoëff in 1925

A scene from Saint Joan (first published in 1923) written by the British playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and produced at the Théâtre des Arts in Paris under the direction of Georges Pitoëff in 1925




"The production by Georges Pitoëff, at the Théâtre des Arts in Paris in 1925 with Ludmilla Pitoëff as Joan, was a notorious example of playing against what Shaw took to be the spirit of his text. Frequently revived over the next ten years, it was Shaw's first – and greatest – French success owing not a little to the tremendous emotional force of Ludmilla's acting. Reviewers, quick to find contemporary implications about the need for national unity in post-War France, responded to Shaw's presentation of an impassioned, strategic Joan and recognised that what they saw as his satirisation of the other characters made her shine out all the more."

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