What's On

The Shaw Society

Whats On

The Shaw Society is the only Shaw society that dates from Shaw’s lifetime.
Click here to read A Short History of the  Society
by Barbara Smoker

A Short History

June 2014 mag.pdf

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The Shavian is published twice a year and covers the many aspects of life that GBS was passionate about.
The Shaw Summer Festival

There are two plays during the summer on the Lawn at Shaw’s Corner,
Ayot St Lawrence,
Herts AL6 9BX

Widowers' Houses   
22 June, 23 June, 24 June

Fanny’s First Play   
20 July, 21 July, 22 July

Michael Friend Productions

Both events run from
6-30pm to 9-30pm  
(bring protective clothing, a torch, a chair and a picnic).  
Booking Essential
Telephone-01438 821968
Tickets £25
£21 NT Members

Limited Tickets on night at £30.00  

See Website for more details
Widowers' Houses
Slum landlords, making their fortunes by exploiting their impoverished tenants, are Shaw's targets for this chillingly contemporary play. You're going to laugh and squirm at the same time....  Shaw said of this play that "nobody will find it a beautiful or lovable work.....the author .. is dragging up to the smooth surface of "respectability" a handful of the slime and foulness of its polluted bed, and playing off your laughter at the scandal of the exposure against your shudder at its blackness". Frequently compared to works by Ibsen, whom Shaw greatly admired, this early play draws on his own experiences of rent-collecting as a young man in Dublin's slums.

Fanny’s First Play

A play within a play. Shaw takes the opportunity to poke fun at the critics, the patriarchy and middle class family life whilst exposing the double-standards at the heart of Britain and promoting equal opportunities for women.


The Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand, London

An Ideal Husband
20th April – 14th July
Box office 0330 333 4814

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