Major Barbara Reviews

American Reviews
Shaw Chicago’s 1997 production of Major Barbara
Chicago Reader

British Reviews
National Theatre’s 2008 production of Major Barbara
British Theatre Guide
The Guardian
The Independent
West End Whingers

Canadian Reviews
The Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre’s 2012 production of Major Barbara
The Winnipeg Review

Shaw Festival’s 2013 production of Major Barbara
James Karas Reviews
St. Catherine’s Standard
The Globe and Mail
The London Free Press
The Star

Chichester Festival Theatre reviews for Heartbreak House

Critic Dominic Cavendish writes of the unfortunate underuse of the brilliant Derek Jacobi in the Chicester Festival Theatre’s production of Heartbreak House: The Telegraph

Reviewer Michael Billington declares the Shaw play Heartbreak House a bit “bland” and comments that the only redeeming quality of the production was the performance from actor Derek Jacobi (who played Captain Shotover), whose acting skills created moments of great distinction within a rather “dull” play: The Guardian

From the perspective of reviewer Henry Hitchings, actor Derek Jacobi drives the “pessimistic” play forward. He also comments on the performance of a fellow actress, Emma Fielding, who brings a “teasing vitality” to the role of Hesione Hushabye: London Evening Standard

In this Mid Sussex Times review, Gary Shipton summarizes the play with grim details of the production’s failure to bring to the stage the authenticity of Shaw’s play: Mid Sussex Times

Elizabeth Fitzherbert praises the strong performances of the actors, as it aids in delivering a “completely frivolous comedy on manners.” However, she writes, some moments in the play seem over exaggerated and drawn out, which take back from the production: The Wall Street Journal

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s reviews of Saint Joan

This reviews summarizes the concept behind the play Saint Joan, lists the comments from other critics: Saint Joan at The Rep

A background description of the origins of the play, the playwright Bernard Shaw and his beginnings, information on the cast and crew, as well as the dates and times of the performances: Shaw’s JOAN OF ARC Comes to St. Louis Rep’s Mainstage Through Feb. 1

Reviewer Dennis Brown praises the verisimilitude of Tarah Flanagan’s portrayal of Joan of Arc, and credits director Paul Barnes for a successful dynamic interpretation of the play: Arc Triumph: The Rep assays the summit that is Shaw’s Saint Joan

Electronic Books

Weintraub, Stanley. Silent Night. NY: Free Press, 2001. link to itunes download

Weintraub, Stanley. Eleven Days in December. Christmas at the Bulge, 1944. NY: Free Press, 2006. link to ebook; link to itunes download

Weintraub, Stanley. Fifteen Stars. NY: Free Press, 2007. link to itunes download

Weintraub, Stanley. Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941. New York: DaCapo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2011. link to ebook; link to itunes download

Weintraub, Stanley. Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria’s Court. Maryland: University of Delaware, 2011. link to itunes download

Weintraub, Stanley. General Sherman’s Christmas. Savannah, 1864. New York: Harper/Smithsonian, 2009. link to ebook; link to itunes download

Weintraub, Stanley. Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign. New York: DaCapo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2012. link to ebook; link to itunes download

National Theatre’s Saint Joan Reviews

Critic Lizzie Loveridge praises the theatre’s production of one of Shaw’s classics and the convincing performances of the actors in the play, especially that of Anne-Marie Duff’s “kooky and direct” take on the titular character Saint Joan: A CurtainUp London Review

Although Michael Billington’s review describes Marianne Elliot’s production of the play to contradict the ideals of Shaw, he attests to incredibility of the production by stating that it is “excitingly done.” He notes that Elliot moves the play in the direction of an ensemble piece, rather than a star vehicle that focuses only on Saint Joan: The Guardian Review

Critic Neil Dowden writes that National Theatres’s production of the play relies heavily on the physical aspect of performance and less on the dialogue between characters. He then praises the leads, especially Marie-Anne Duff, and their interpretation of the historical characters: Music OMH Review

Lizzie Guilfoyle relays her experience with the play with a walkthrough of the narrative: Indie London Review

Critic David Benedict writes his appraisal for the director’s, Marianne Elliot, version of the play and her dedication to remain authentic to Shaw’s text and the characters. Anne-Marie Duff’s commitment to the character of Joan was in fact “mesmerizing” and aided in completing the vision carried out by Elliot: Variety review

This review illustrates the director’s, Marianne Elliot, inability to remain faithful to Shaw’s intention of the play, focusing more on the “psychological motivation” behind the characters rather than revealing the background of a heroine. Although the second half revives the play as a whole, this review hold fast onto the opinion that the play is not the “most brilliant” of the National Theatre’s productions: Theatre Kraut Review

New Books

Weintraub, Stanley. Iron Tears: America’s Battle for Freedom, Britain’s Quagmire, 1775-1783. New York: Free Press, 2005. (also, subtitled Rebellion in America, 1775-1783. London: Simon and Schuster, 2005) link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. Eleven Days in December. Christmas at the Bulge, 1944. NY: Free Press, 2006. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. 15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century. New York: Free Press, 2007. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. General Sherman’s Christmas. Savannah, 1864. New York: Harper/Smithsonian, 2009. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. Farewell, Victoria! English Literature 1880-1900. Greensboro, NC: ELT PRESS/ Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2011. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. Who’s Afraid of Bernard Shaw? Some Personalities in Shaw’s Plays. Gainesville, FL: Univ. Press of Florida, 2011. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria’s Court: American Encounters with Victoria and Albert. Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 2011. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941. New York: DaCapo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2011. link to book

Weintraub, Stanley. Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign. New York: DaCapo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2012. link to book

Professor Charles Carpenter’s Shaw Bibliography

Professor Charles Carpenter is a great authority on Shaw Bibliography.

Please click here for Professor Charles Carpenter’s authoritative Shaw Bibliography.



Charles (Al) Carpenter,  Bernard Shaw’s Letters to Individuals:


A Chronological Selection of Wholes and Parts Duplicated  from A Great Variety of Sources into a Downloadable, Searchable, Readable WORD File.


Contains a host of letters and parts of letters that you have never seen before.


The 600-plus page file will cost $30 for all but people still pursuing their advanced degrees, for whom it will cost $20.  The British equivalents are £20 and £15; checks or bills for these amounts will be welcomed.  Periodic updates will be sent with no additional charge.


To purchase the file, send the fee to me at908 Lehigh Ave.,VestalNY13850.  I will need a note from everyone containing your name and email address.  Please respect my efforts and do not send a copy of your file to anyone else. 


Alphabetical List of Sources with two or more letters (many others have one)



Archer:  Archer, Charles. William Archer: Life, Work, and Friendships. 1931


Astor: Bernard Shaw and Nancy Astor. Ed. J. P. Wearing. 2005


Barker: Bernard Shaw’s Letters to Granville Barker. Ed. C. B. Purdom. 1956


Barnes:  Barnes, Kenneth R. Welcome, Good Friends: The Autobiography of Kenneth R. Barnes. 1958


Bax:  Bax, Clifford, ed. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats: Letters. 1942 


BeaumontHuggett, Richard. Binkie Beaumont: Eminence Grise of the West End Theatre 1933-1973. 1989


Bright:  Bright, R. E. Golding. Advice to a Young Critic, and Other Letters. Ed. E. J. West. 1955


Brockway:  Brockway, Fenner. Outside the Right: A Sequel to Inside the Left, with a Lost Play by G. Bernard Shaw. 1963


Caine:  Allen, Vivian. Hall Caine: Portrait of a Victorian Romancer. 1997


Calvert:  Calvert, Adelaide Helen. Sixty-Eight Years on the Stage. 1911


Campbell:  Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell: Their Correspondence. 1952


Chappelow:  Chappelow, Allan. Shaw the Villager and Human Being: A Biographical Symposium. 1962.


Cockerell:  Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle. The Best of Friends: Further Letters to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell. Ed. Viola Meynell. 1956


Cohen:  Cohen, Harriet. A Bundle of Time: The Memoirs of Harriet Cohen. 1969


Conolly:  Conolly, L. W. Bernard Shaw and the BBC. 2009


Cornwallis-West:  Quelch, Eileen. Perfect Darling: The Life and Times of George Cornwallis-West. 1972


Devlin:  Devlin, Diana. A Speaking Part: Lewis Casson and the Theatre of His Time. 1982


Dickens:  Laurence, Dan H., and Martin Quinn, eds. Shaw on Dickens. 1985


Douglas:  Bernard Shaw and Alfred Douglas: A Correspondence. Ed. Mary Hyde. 1982


DunbarDunbar, Janet. Mrs. G.B.S.: A Portrait. 1963


Egerton:  Egerton, George. A Leaf from The Yellow Book. 1958


Elgar:  Elgar, Edward. Letters of a Lifetime. Ed. Jerrold Northrop Moore. 1990


Elliot:  Elliot, Vivian, ed. Dear Mr Shaw: Selections from Bernard Shaw’s Postbag. 1987


Ervine:  Ervine, St. John. Bernard Shaw: His Life, Work and Friends. 1956


Evans:  Forbes, Bryan. Ned’s Girl: The Authorized Biography of Dame Edith Evans. 1977


Farleigh:  Farleigh, John. Graven Image: An Autobiographical Textbook. 1940


Gregory:  Gregory, Lady Augusta. Shaw, Lady Gregory and the Abbey: A Correspondence and a Record. Ed. Dan H. Laurence and Nicholas Grene. 1993


Hamon:  George Bernard Shaw et Augustin Hamon: les premiers temps d’une correspondance (1893-1913). Ed. Patrick Galliou. 4 vols. 1998


Hardwicke:  Hardwicke, Cedric. A Victorian in Orbit: The Irreverent Memoirs of Sir Cedric Hardwicke. 1961


Harris:  The Playwright and the Pirate: Bernard Shaw and Frank Harris: A Correspondence. Ed. Stanley Weintraub. 1982


Henderson 1:  Henderson, Archibald. Bernard Shaw: Playboy and Prophet. 1932


Henderson 2:  Henderson, Archibald. George Bernard Shaw: Man of the Century. 1956


Holroyd:  Holroyd, Michael. Bernard Shaw. 4 vols. 1988-92


Hurd:  Hurd, Michael. Immortal Hour: The Life and Period of Rutland Boughton. 1962


Jackson:  Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson. Ed. Leonard W. Conolly. 2002


Ker:  Ker, Ian. G. K. Chesterton: A Biography. 2011


Lane:  Hare, Steve, ed. Penguin Portrait: Allen Lane and the Penguin Editors, 1935-1970. 1995


Lawrence 1:  Lawrence, Thomas Edward. Letters to T. E. Lawrence. Ed. A. W. Lawrence. 1962


Lawrence 2:  Lawrence, Thomas Edward. Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw 1922-1926. Ed. Jeremy and Nicole Wilson. 2000


Loraine:  Loraine, Winifred. Robert Loraine: Soldier, Actor, Airman. 1938


McCarthy:  McCarthy, Lillah. Myself and My Friends. 1933


McLachlan:  Benedictines of Stanbrook. In a Great Tradition: Tribute to Dame Laurentia McLachlan, Abbess of Stanbrook. 1956


McNulty:  McNulty, Edward. Memoirs of G.B.S. Ed. Dan H. Lawrence. SHAW 12 (1992): 5-46


Meisel:  Meisel, Martin. Shaw and the Nineteenth-Century Theater. 1963


MooreMoore, Helen M. “George Bernard Shaw and the Bishop’s Daughter.” Carnegie Magazine 59 iv (1988): 22-29


Murray:  Bernard Shaw and Gilbert Murray. Ed. Charles A. Carpenter. 2012 (forthcoming; dates of letters included with selected text)


O’Casey 1:  O’Casey, Sean. The Letters of Sean O’Casey 1910-41, vol. I. Ed. David Krause. 1975


O’Casey 2:  O’Casey, Eileen. Cheerio, Titan: The Friendship Between George Bernard Shaw and Eileen and Sean O’Casey. 1989


Page:  Page, Will A. Beyond the Curtains of the Broadway Beauty Trust. 1927


Park:  Park, Julian, ed. “Some Unpublished Letters by George Bernard Shaw.” University of Buffalo Studies, 1939


Pascal:  Bernard Shaw and Gabriel Pascal. Ed. Bernard F. Dukore. 1996


Pearson:  Pearson, Hesketh. Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality. 1963


Peters 1:  Peters, Margot. Bernard Shaw and the Actresses. 1980


Peters 2:  Peters, Margot, ed. Shaw on Women. 1992


Pharand:  Pharand, Michel W. Bernard Shaw and the French. 2000


Publishers: Bernard Shaw and His Publishers. Ed. Michel W. Pharand. 2009


Rhys:  Rhys, Ernest. Letters from Limbo. 1936


Richards:  Grant Richards. Author Hunting. 1934


Robson:  Belmont, Eleanor Robson. The Fabric of Memory. 1957


Russell:  Russell, Bertrand. The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 1914-1944. 1968


Samuel:  Laurence, Dan H. “Katie Samuel: Shaw’s Flameless ‘Old Flame.’” SHAW  15 (1995): 3-19


Soboleva:  Soboleva, Olga, and Angus Wrenn. The Only Hope of the World: George Bernard Shaw and Russia. 2012


SomervilleRauchbauer, Otto. The Edith Œnone Somerville Archive in Drishane. 1995


Terry:  Ellen Terry and Bernard Shaw: A Correspondence.Ed. Christopher St. John. 1931


Theatrics:  Theatrics. Ed. Dan H. Laurence. 1995


Thompson: E. P. Thompson. William Morris, Romantic to Revolutionary. 2nd ed. 1977


Tompkins:  To a Young Actress: The Letters of Bernard Shaw to Molly Tompkins.  Ed. Peter Tompkins. 1961


Trebitsch 1:  Bernard Shaw’s Letters to Siegfried Trebitsch. Ed. Samuel A. Weiss. 1986


Trebitsch 2:  “Bernard Shaw’s Further Letters to Siegfried Trebitsch.” Ed. Samuel A. Weiss. SHAW 20 (2000): 220-44 


Tunney:  Tunney, Jay R. The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw. 2011


Ward:  Ward, Maisie. Gilbert Keith Chesterton. 1943


Webbs:  Webb, Stanley and Beatrice. Bernard Shaw and the Webbs. Ed. Alex C. Michalos and Deborah C. Poff. 2002


Wells:  Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells. Ed. J. Percy Smith. 1995


Wheeler:  Wheeler, Margaret. Letters from Margaret: Correspondence Between Bernard Shaw and Margaret Wheeler 1944-1950. 1992


Winsten:  Winsten, Stephen. Jesting Apostle: The Private Life of Bernard Shaw. 1957


Wisenthal:  Wisenthal, J. L. Shaw’s Sense of History. 1988

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