The Spring play this year is “Dear Liar” by Jerome Kilty, a biography adapted from the correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell.
For forty years of their very public lives there existed a private and infinitely intriguing relationship between the famous English actress, Mrs Patrick Campbell, and
G Bernard Shaw, the writer and playwright.
When Mr Shaw was, as he said himself, old enough to know better (and already, and continued to be, married to Charlotte), he fell head over heels in love with Mrs Campbell.
This play shows Shaw in all his contradictions. He wrote the role of Eliza Dolittle for “Mrs Pat”, and she played the most famous role of her life for the first time at the age of 49! Shaw frets with her when she leaves for America, and yet refuses her permission to publish their letters which would save her from bankruptcy. However, Mrs Campbell was his match; she published them anyway, or at least, enough of them to show “the real Shaw, the human Shaw”, so that he could still hold his head up in public.
This is a volatile romance, a battle of wits and words, fought