Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Saint Joan (1923) written by George Bernard Shaw and produced at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, under the direction of Max Reinhardt in October 1924

A scene from Saint Joan (1923) written by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) and produced at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, under the direction of Max Reinhardt in October 1924

"While Shaw insisted on interviewing all potential English Joans and kept a watching brief on productions, such control was impossible in the foreign productions which followed immediately on the English premières. He was furious to learn that colloquialisms like Joan's 'Blethers' (II.563) and 'I call that muck' (II.630) were cut in Max Reinhardt's October 1924 production at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin, and feared that Elisabeth Bergner was playing up Joan's piety."

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