Monday, 27 June 2011

Outdoor Theatre at Shaw's Corner

In the small village of Ayot St.Lawrence one can step back in time, visiting the country retreat that was the home of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Born in 1856 he was one of the most famous men of his time. Known to be a political activist and social reformer, he was also a prolific author and playwright. The National Trust took over the property upon his death and it was at Shaw's Corner on Saturday evening where they put on his best known comedy Pygmalion, a story of confrontations between Eliza Doolittle who wanted to "speak like a lady in a flower shop" and Henry Higgins a professor of phonetics, unable to resist a challenge.

The actors played in front of the house to an audience of 400 all enjoying their respective picnics on the lawn on what was to turn out to be a glorious summer's evening. The day had started very cloudy and it was with some trepidation that we made the journey but all was well in the end. The National Trust put these shows on annually, the next play being "In good King Charles' Golden Days" on the 22-24 July. One not to miss.

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