The Play

ST. JOAN by George Bernard Shaw is an exciting drama that has been called "the greatest play in English since Shakespeare,” "beautiful, engrossing” and “exalting.” This timeless classic traces the life of Joan of Arc in 1429 from her visit to the Dauphin to the siege of Orleans to the coronation at Rheims. The play culminates in a dramatic trial where Joan is ultimately condemned to death. Shaw explores the themes of faith and nationalism in this remarkable work. Shaw's masterpiece remains as vivid and timely to modern audiences as it was scandalous and incendiary in its premiere in 1923.

The Playwright

George Bernard Shaw (1856 –1950) was a Nobel-Prize and Oscar-winning Irish playwright. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics stretched from the 1880s to his death in 1950. He originally earned his way as an influential London music and theatre critic, but his greatest gift was for the modern drama. He wrote more than 60 plays, among them Man and Superman, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Major BarbaraCaesar and Cleopatra, Pygmalion and Saint Joan. With his range from biting contemporary satire to historical allegory, Shaw became the leading comedy dramatist of his generation and one of the most important playwrights in the English language since the 17th century.

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